After a recent show, a harmonica player asked me, “How do you achieve so much freedom with your instrument?” Intriguing question, I thought. Especially since refining my musical identity is something I’ve been working on for years. The fact that he asked the question suggested that he saw a glimpse of my effort.
That conversation reinforced the spirit I hope to achieve with my music and it frames the context of my philosophy or otherwise, “Freedlosophy.” Perhaps it’s no coincidence that a 10-hole diatonic harmonica –a free reed instrument –would be so confining yet freeing at the same time. The collective ideas conjured by the terms “free,” “reed,” “freedom,” and of course my own name, best express my feeling when performing live.“FREeD up!”
Are You Freed Up? In this section, check out quotes from celebrities and fans who have a new appreciation for the harmonica and, as a result, their minds are FReEd Up. Check out our videos or submit your own to “REeDiculous or Die,” a collection of video clips featuring harmonica players that either reinforce negative stereotypes about the instrument or shatters them completely. Of course, put your FrEEDback in the comment section. –FY
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REeDiculous or Die … You Be The Judge
Have you hear an harmonica player that was ridiculously good? Or are you only familiar with people that reinforce the idea of the harmonica as a toy or an instrument not to be taken seriously? If you’ve seen an interesting video that features that harmonica, email the link. In the meantime, check out the videos of these harmonica players. Are they breathing new life into the instrument of giving it a slow death? You decide in REeDiculous or Die.