The Bluebottle Boys, Chapter 32: Oranges & Lemons (Part 3)

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I had just finished a second full round of The Baby Tree when I heard a quiet stringed instrument accompanying me. To my delight, it wasn’t a guitar, but a theorbo. I’d been to live performances that featured one, and the instrument fascinated me — to my childlike mind it seemed like an extra-terrestrial bass […]

The Bluebottle Boys (Volume Two) Chapter 32 — Birmingham (UK) & Edgbaston, 17 April 1962: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Bombed Out Cinema (Part 4)

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After three hours we’d had all we could take of such intense rehearsal. Our former favorite bombed-out cinema – whatever it had become – had apparently also wearied of us, for the candles were burning low without any new ones being lit. A bright light with a bit of fog appeared at the far end, […]