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Old Jun 30, 2006, 9:02 AM   #1
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I would think that nearly every household would have some kind of musical instrument, even if it seldom is played...a harmonica, guitar, piano, etc. In my case, I come from a musical family, so there are several instruments in our home.

Off to work every morning I'd carry

To my job at the local library

My tiny cell phone and my new valve trombone

Often late, I had no time to tarry



As I parked in my spot every morning

The staff knew I'd arrived by the horning

Playing notes very clean, shaking my tambourine

I ignored all the stares and the scorning



She was jealous of my and I knew it

Proudly waving my horn I just blew it

Her name was Marian, the stern head librarian

She hates music (so that's why I do it)



My fellow employees agreed

A lesson she really did need

So they voted for me just to spite her you see

Now I'm parking much closer indeed

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Old Jun 30, 2006, 9:46 AM   #2
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You have many amazing talents.

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Old Jun 30, 2006, 1:43 PM   #3
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I'm curious...what kind of instrument is that, Walter?



A trombone with keys?



Abass trumpet?
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vsch1:

As I said in the original post, it is a valve trombone (as opposed to the more common slide trombone). It is played like a trumpet but has a deeper (lower) tone like a trombone.
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Thanks Walter...I see it now. Do you play it in a group or just on sidewalks serenading signs? :-)




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Old Jun 30, 2006, 6:52 PM   #6
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Actually, in my youth I played in a Salvation Army band. Several, in fact. Some were quite good and made recordings. Years ago, The Salvation Army also conducted "street meetings" and would take an ensemble to the street corners and conduct outdoor religious services. I played the cornet back then (a short version of a trumpet).
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My three kids all play an instrument or two. I feel it's a very important skill to be able to read music and pluck out a tune on a piano or other instrument. I have a piano,clarinet, 2 flutes, a piccalo, tenor sax and a baritone horn here at the house. At the present time the piano, flutes and tenor sax get daily workouts.
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I have to agree with your sentiments on music, Walter. Let's see, in our home, we have a piano, banjo (with broken string), recorder, "sweet potato"--ocarina, jew's harp, and electronic keyboard. We used to have a church style electronic organ which I built from kits about thirty years ago. It finally died and the manufacturer was long out of business, so it met with the wrecking ball. The only thing left is a few pieces of wood from the case.

Congrats on your library experience.

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Old Jul 1, 2006, 2:48 AM   #9
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Walter, is there no end to your talents. Your excellent at cleaning, music, poems, history, photography and also now claiming yourstatus as the number one librarian with the best carpark at the Texas library. What is next?? If only I had half of that talent.

By the way, love the shot. Very, very dislocated.

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Walter,

You win the Lonely Hearts Club Award from Sgt Pepper.

Nice job.

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