Sunday, August 23, 2009

Uncle Sal and the Peculiar Percussionist (Episode 107)

Uncle Sal carried drinks on his sterling silver George Mikan tray and set it on the table. As Alice, Giacomo and Giacomo's girlfriend Tanesha reached for their drinks, Uncle Sal asked Giacomo, "Whatsa name of this band we're gonna see at the Dreams Lounge?"

"It's called Rutabagas for Breakfast. The drummer is really what makes the show. He started out with a drum kit that only had one proper drum, the bass. The rest of the kit was made of paint buckets, old pans, popcorn tins. The guy just doesn't feel right banging on actual drums. Giacomo took a sip of his Acapulco Clam Digger and said, "Well, then it got interesting. At one show, someone brought him a piece of PVC pipe. He added that to his drum kit."

Uncle Sal looked at his Maudlin Moose watch and asked, "What time they go on?"

"Ten, I think. Anyway, so then someone brought him a hubcap from a 1948 Tucker, and he added that to his kit. So, now he's got a running deal going. You bring something he can bang on, and he will incoporate into his percussion kit. Last time I saw him, someone brought him a radiator from a 1961 Dodge Dart. Danged if the drummer didn't add that to his kit, and make it sound good."

Uncle Sal sipped his bourbon and looked at Alice. "Pretty clever, don't you think? Guy starts off playing buckets and pans, and before ya know it, he's drumming a Dart at the Dreams."

This episode featured:
Keith "Moon Man" Luna as Uncle Sal
Pearl Snair as Alice
Franklin "Buddy" Richardson as Giacomo
Wanda Diamond as Tanesha
Jellybean Merengue as the George Mikan tray.

Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "I was sittin' flickin' chickens."

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