Friday, October 09, 2009

before lawrence welk's musical spoons...

fiddlingspoons

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if you are around my age and grew up in southern california and watched cartoons and wonderama on sunday mornings you surely saw the commercials for lawrence welk's musical spoons; and if you ever wandered over to thrifty's, you encountered on a toy rack, a pair of thin metal spoons joined in a blue plastic handle, that when "played" made a pretty strange percussive clicking sound (very good perhaps for making "clip clop" horse walking sounds...).

i've been collecting music photographs for a long while now, and one of the exciting things about these images, beyond their aesthetic pleasure and wonder, is that there are many instruments i have yet to encounter. one such recent discovery was this first photograph i have ever seen of someone playing a form of "musical spoons", and i must say the fact that he is actually playing them makes it quite special.

addendum: an astute and musicologically inclined airforms regular, jeremey, pointed out that these are indeed "bones", with a link posted in the comments for this post towards a wikipedia article, which also led me to a pretty wonderful video of someone playing bones along with a banjo that you might want to check out here.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jeremy said...

hi steve - to me they look like bones - the original of the spoons. i am familiar with them from irish folk, but the wikipedia page indicates a much wider usage - and some pictures that look very like yours.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bones_(instrument)
jeremy
on now - amnesia - live in berlin

12:35 AM  
OpenID excavatedshellac said...

What a fantastic photo. Just brilliant. I have a 78 or two featuring bones...Canadian folk. "Accordéon avec les os."

4:43 PM  
Anonymous the cedar chest said...

I grew up in So Cal watching Wonderama, but don't remember that commercial.It is nice to hear Wonderama mentioned.

10:34 PM  

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