Green Organ – Short Snort (Organ) #4

(Brisbane Courier Mail, 29th August 1939)

The power of the mind and the green whistle of the day. Praise be to God the horse was okay too. Here’s the full story.

With his leg broken in a car— sulky smash, Edward Pointing, 17, played his mouth organ while he was being taken to Toogoolawah to obtain first aid. He did it, he said, to take his attention from the leg, which was giving him intense pain. Pointing, with his sister, Miss M. Pointing, and Miss Daphne Williamson, was returning from a dance in the Colinton Hall at 12.15 a.m. yesterday, when the sulky he was driving and a car collided near the Colinton Creek bridge. One shaft of the sulky penetrated the windscreen and back of the hood of the car, and one of the four occupants moved just in time to avoid being impaled on it. All were unhurt The sulky was smashed, Pointing’s leg was broken below the knee, and Miss Williamson received lacerations on the forehead. The horse was not injured. A motorist who had been to the dance arrived later and took the injured to Toogoolawah. There the ambulance gave first aid and conveyed Pointing to the Esk district hospital, to which he was admitted four hours after the accident.

Happy New Month (& Easter) Riff Raffers.

5 thoughts on “Green Organ – Short Snort (Organ) #4

  1. Great story. When a nurse I studied Chronic Conditions Management. My main focus was on Pain Control through Complementary Therapy interventions. Music was one of them. Music is a fascinating subject in sorting out problematics. I’ll look at some books I have later about the ‘Gate Theory’. Sensory affects. Interesting as always your uploads. Hope the lad could play a decent tune. Don’t want the girls experiencing listening pain too. 😊 Cheers.

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      1. I do get where your coming from. Our brass section could play out of tune kilter at times. But then so could I. 😊 I have tried the chromatic harmonica I bought in a charity shop a while back. I am in awe of your own abilities. I find myself really struggling with my ability in this musical instrument form. My in/out synchronised breathing abilities are rubbish. I do usually persist in giving anything a real go. I suppose my busy retirement issues have got in the way. But I fully intend to go harmonica go again! Even my love of film photography has taken a push back. I’m astonished at that one. Yet I absolutely love the sound of harmonicas, either contributing or solo in all forms. They make goosebumps happen. I suppose because they are an intimate playing choice. Rather like a singing voice. My Nan, from Northern Ireland, played harmonica and squeezebox so my childhood was forever blessed with those sounds. She was in the Salvation Army and used to cycle to the hospital at Christmas time and play to the patients. Whilst in her 80’s too. Amazing woman. So….Harmonicas can simply ooze out positive psychological emotion. Cheers Shep. All the best.

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      2. I never stop learning. Still learning Charlie McCoy riffs. I’d say forget the chromatic and just play the ten hole tin can, and play it like it’s designed with a bit of chordal vamping like Sonny Terry or Sonny Boy Williamson II. I’d say Howlin Wolf too, but he’s impossible to copy. My Dad and he’s brothers all played brass in the Salvo’s and Dad was still playing the Baritone at a small local congregation in his eighties. My efforts on the Euphonium and Cornet in early high school was not a pleasant experience for anyone in earshot. I reckon that’s why I love the Bb harp due to the Brass influence. Don’t mind a bit of the old Bass guitar riff (run) upright or electric in a tune and not too far back in the mix. Where would we be without music? Ch S

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      3. Still going to sort out the Bandcamp uploads. Need some techno additions to my new iPad state. You link some fine music. I understand the ‘never stop learning’ you have just said. I’ve kept writing songs over the years and decades with familiar chords. So you get samey. Played to older patients in the Day Hospital. A post-discharged unit for older patients who came once a week for a few months so that Ruth, one of our nurses, could look out for their ongoing well being and status. I brought in my acoustic with a bunch of download chord/lyric choices of songs from their era up to the 1960s. So decades ago. It opened my eyes to the chords I had to learn and the way they worked too. Dementia melted away when we had those singalong sessions. I’ll look into your advice re: harmonica and listen to the guys you suggest here. I played trumpet at school. Couldn’t do it! So I emphasise with your experience comment too. Music is going to be vinyl for a good while soon. Just finished decorating The Den and wired in a turntable. Basic…….but wow! Nilsson singing film and 20/30s classics, The Turtles Greatest Hits and lots and lots of early Bolan Tyrannosaurus Rex yesterday. Cheers and thanks for your advice. Much appreciated. 😊

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