Old House Music

When I was a boy there was an old player piano in the parlor of the “old house,” but I never heard it play.  I’m sure that over the last 130 years or so, however, music has sometimes been made in that room.

But I’m pretty sure the Collection brought a lot of firsts to the parlor.  My attempt to make a video of them playing was a fail.  But here a few photos I snapped.

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And here is a much better one, taken by David and posted on their facebook page.

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It was fun having them here and a thrill to hear the old place filled with music.  We’re looking forward to hearing the new record.

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13 comments on “Old House Music

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    Our team has returned from two weeks (Njoro, Kenya) where early on I made it into YouTube from Milele Nairobi guest house. Nakuru County is a very fertile agricultural area, in huge contrast to the “bush” subsistence Kibwezi area we have gone to from 1980 first time.

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  2. claire says:

    sounds like you had a ‘blast’, Bill; i’m curious, what happened to the old piano player? Our small town recently had a visitor from Kenya who was born in the ‘bush.’

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    • Bill says:

      My uncle took it to try to restore it. He is retired and loves woodworking. He had a lot of the old music rolls and was going to try to get it working again. I’m not sure if he was able to or not.

      I had a brilliant philosophy professor who was born and grew up in the Kenyan bush. He went on to get several post-graduate degrees and speaks several languages.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    The photos are great, and clearly the experience was, too. But you know what caught my eye? The fact that you say they’re making a new “record”. That’s a word that’s rarely heard any more, except in those areas where vinyl’s making a comeback. I used “record player” the other day and got a look of blank incomprehension.

    On the other hand, I was reading about the administration’s request for warrantless searches of cell phones, and in the discussion of the relevant case, the author mentioned that, after all, the reasoning made some sense because the phone owner was using a “primitive flip phone”. I use a flip phone. Hmmmmm….. I feel just slightly like a bush native myself. 😉

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    • Bill says:

      When CDs came out I tried to stop using the word “record” but eventually went back to it. After all, it’s just a short way of saying “recording.”

      I only recently learned that there is increasing interest in vinyl records. I got rid of mine years ago. Most of them I transferred to cassette tapes, only to have those become obsolete.

      When we were taking my daughter to college once we stopped somewhere for breakfast. I laid my phone on the table. The waiter saw it and said something like, “Wow. I haven’t seen one of those in a long time.” I kept it till the keys didn’t work.

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  4. El Guapo says:

    In the second to last picture, is that a Rain Stick?
    My first thought was didgeridoo, but it’s a little short for that…

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    • Bill says:

      I have no idea. It was new to me. He is actually the lead guitarist, but these folks incorporate lots of instruments into their music. Note the other picture where he’s wearing a banjo and playing a flute.

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  5. Farmgirl says:

    A house full of music! Nothing better!

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  6. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    So, how did it turn out, Bill? The recording, I mean. It’s a great mix of eclectic instruments.
    And yes, I think that is a RainStick, in answer to El Guapo (although, at first glance, it did look like he was playing a didgeridoo; )

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    • Bill says:

      Their album Airs Moriendi (by the Collection) came out last year. It is a beautiful record. And our farm is mentioned in the liner notes (a first for us). 🙂

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