Well, it's Monday again and time for another (and final) installment of Monday Night Live.
Even though we performed 12 songs that night, I've decided that this will be my last feature post of the Monday Night Live blog series. I'll still be posting the videos in my sidebar every Monday (under our Receders logo), but I just won't be writing about it. I sorta figured that when I only post 3x a week, using one of them to tell you a new video is online is kind of redundant.
So that being said, for this post I've decided to show you my signature tune - the very reason I used the name Harmonica Man as my screen name in the first place nearly two years ago when I started this blog.
When I chose that name I worried that people would think I was being conceited and thought of myself as "all that." No, that's not who I am. I hope by now people know what kind of person I am. I'm a middle-aged nerdy dad who just happens to LOVE playing the harmonica and am fortunate enough to be able to do it on a regular basis. I chose the name because it is an identifier of something I truly love to do that is different, and sets me apart from other people in my own special way.
And you'll know what I mean by "special" when you see this clip. This isn't your average "camp counselor playing Oh Susanna" kind of harmonica - this is dirty, gritty serious mean blues kind of stuff.
One thing you'll notice is that I work my harp pretty hard on this tune. In this style of rock/blues harmonica, you have to inhale aggressively for a long time to bend the notes and keep the riffs flowing. So when it looks like I'm suffocating and my neck is straining like a Russian weightlifter - it's because I literally am running out of air. You see, the whole time I'm playing I'm actually sucking air through the reeds of my harp, which causes my lungs to say, "Hey dude, dying here! Do you think you can get that piece of scrap metal out of the way?"
But then all I have to do is exhale and I'm good as new and ready to rock.
So, crank it up and enjoy my tune Blues Don't Get Off At Night. It starts out slow and kicks into gear later on.
Oh, but do not try this at home. I am a professional.