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, […]

The Bluebottle Boys (Volume Two) Chapter 32 — Birmingham (UK) & Edgbaston, 17 April 1962: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Bombed Out Cinema (Part 3)

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I produced The Screen and set it up in a corner, alongside the harpsichord’s soundboard, explaining that it would provide instrumental accompaniment, as long as someone provided chords and rhythm (though the more human input it received from the accompaniment, the more it could do in return). Skeptical, Jenny played a continuo-like set of arpeggios, […]