Angelic media to paraphrase a great banjo player

Angelic Media to paraphrase a Great Comedian. For years I was the piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I had the privilege  to accompany many comedians. Al Smith was one of my favorites. It was one of my busiest times: Seven days a week I performed the following afternoon and evening schedule:

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Now in the American Museum Banjo Hall of Fame: Banjo player-comedian Al Smith. He could play two banjos at once.
  • 3:30 I played on a showboat sing-a-long that went around Oquaga Lake. Fun,fun,fun!
  • 4:30 I sometimes played the afternoon feature show.
  • 6-7 Elegant music for the dinner hour.
  • 7:30 -9:00 played with The Lake-Shore Four dance band
  • 9-10:30 Played for feature shows. Al Smith was frequently called upon. Audiences loved him.
  • 10:30 until closing: For dancing until everyone dropped.

So What is the Angelic Media All About?

When I worked with Al Smith, I was in awe of his timing of his excellent comic rhythm. During his show, Ray Scott, the owner, would be on the drums. Gary Holdridge, son in law, would play the organ. Al had  funny stories and many one liners. He also would play banjo classics during his act. Included, of course, was Oh Susanna.  One of his  most memorable lines, in my opinion, is: “My wife is an angel….She’s always in the air harping about something.”  Why was this so funny? Because of the double meaning of “harpy”. Its intended meaning had to do with the Greek concept of harpies. In Greek mythology and Roman mythology, a harpy (plural harpiesGreekἅρπυια,[1][2] harpyiapronounced [hárpyi̯a]Latinharpȳia) was a half-human and half-bird personification of storm winds, in Homeric poems.[3]

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Now, How does This Tie into the Angelic Media?

The news, in general, seems to continually harp on a few subjects. They have an obsession with statistics. Here is what the Oquaga Spirit has to say on this fixation. The poem which I quote is from the Oquaga Spirit Speaks.    It  is entitled: News.  The entire book is available as a product on DSOworks.com

Mercury-Hermes ran past
Wearing wing-tipped shoes.
I asked him why he hurried?
He said he carried news.

And so it is with man
Who must be in the know;
News must travel quickly’
Or in the trash it goes.

He dashes to the station
Where it will be broadcast
At the speed of light
To regions remote and vast.

But I just take my time
Walking down the path.
Hermes carries statistics.
I enjoy nature’s math.

 

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