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The Harmonica Man: Andy Mackie

gnu 07 May 10 - 10:51 AM
frogprince 07 May 10 - 11:05 AM
gnu 07 May 10 - 01:58 PM
Lonesome EJ 07 May 10 - 02:09 PM
Little Hawk 07 May 10 - 02:19 PM
bobad 07 May 10 - 11:02 PM
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frogprince 10 May 10 - 04:19 PM
gnu 10 May 10 - 04:28 PM
skipy 10 May 10 - 04:48 PM
Ernest 11 May 10 - 01:52 AM
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Subject: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: gnu
Date: 07 May 10 - 10:51 AM

Check this guy out.

Thanks Beer. Brought a tear to me eye.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: frogprince
Date: 07 May 10 - 11:05 AM

1. Why did you put this in B.S?
2. Somebody bring me another handkerchief.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: gnu
Date: 07 May 10 - 01:58 PM

Because it isn't a discussion appropriate for being placed above the line.... more of a human interest story.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 07 May 10 - 02:09 PM

go Andy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 May 10 - 02:19 PM

Wow. What a story. I bet he's lived longer partly just because he stopped taking all the damn medications....but the ultimate key has to be his joy in doing musical service to his community.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: bobad
Date: 07 May 10 - 11:02 PM

Now that's a heartwarming story!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Harmonica Man
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 May 10 - 12:22 AM

GNU, IT is about the love of music and is very inspiring. I feel like a real wuss after one heart surgery. I can't imagine going through ten and still being able to go like that! What an incredible man.

I moved it up top. If you really, really don't want it up there, I'll put it back, but I think it deserves to be recognized up thar, too.:-)


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: frogprince
Date: 10 May 10 - 04:19 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: gnu
Date: 10 May 10 - 04:28 PM

Cool with me kat. A clone's gotta do what a clone's gotta do. Far as I am concerned, the more exposure for this man, the better.

Still ain't a music thread, tho... in your own words. But, I go with the flow when I can.

He really is a "hero", isn't he?


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: skipy
Date: 10 May 10 - 04:48 PM

Brilliant!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: Ernest
Date: 11 May 10 - 01:52 AM

Great story - about a good man.

Ernest


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 May 10 - 10:54 PM

Well, maybe I will move it down below...thought more music-inclined folks would notice. I've been telling everyone about this guy!


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: Ernest
Date: 12 May 10 - 01:50 AM

Please leave this thread where it belongs - in the music section.

Discussions about musicians are discussions about music.

On the lighter side: Did anyone notice that the idea of putting a harmonica thread below the line came from a catter who plays bodhran?

:0P
Ernest


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man
From: frogprince
Date: 12 May 10 - 11:49 AM

Plays bodhran? Good grief! I've been sitting around here for years harboring the assumption that he was a decent human being.

Showed the clip to my wife last night; she was "gobsmacked" by it too.


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Subject: RE: The Harmonica Man: Andy Mackie
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 May 10 - 03:22 PM

Absolutely this thread belongs "above the line." I for one never would have seen it otherwise.

But I think it's a good idea for a thread to contain a few facts:

The video came from a report by Steve Hartman in an "Assignment America" segment on CBS News, May 1, 2009.

The story is about 71-year-old Andy Mackie, a Scottish-born retired horse trainer of Chimacum, Washington (near Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula). Starting with funds that he saved by discontinuing his medications, he bought cheap harmonicas and started teaching kids to play them. He also makes and teaches something he calls a "strum stick" (which is shaped sorta like a Backpacker guitar but has only 3 strings, like a mountain dulcimer, and is probably a lot cheaper than a Martin).

Here's the same video (but with commercials) on YouTube (just in case the original link goes dead).

Here's the web site of The Andy Mackie Music Foundation.

Now, anyone who comes looking for this thread might have a chance of finding it with a search engine.


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