A-Z Challenge Day 8

Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!



aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa“I am about to raise music to the next level” proclaimed Harvey. 

“How? You don’t even play an instrument!” chuckled Charlotte.

“That’s where you are wrong young lady”. 

“So maestro, do tell us more” begged Ben.

“I’ve discovered I have a natural ability to play a …” 

Harvey paused.

“Tell you what,” he said, “I’ll buy a round if you can guess!”

“A clue?” asked Alice.

“I begins with …” he drummed the tabletop … “the letter H!”

“Don’t tell me it’s a harp!”  laughed Larry.‘

“No sir”.

“A harpsichord?”

“No ma’am”.

“We give up” sighed a somewhat bored-looking Bobby.

“Well,”  said Harvey, ‘It’s a … harmonica!”

We shouldn’t have laughed but we did.

“A mouth organ, really?” said  Millie.

“Certainly not. It’s a Hohner Chromatic French Harp Phosphor Harmonica in the Key of C”.

He drew from his pocket a gold case, opened it then held the instrument aloft twixt his thumb and forefinger.

“Go on then, give us a tune,” said Terry.

Oh my goodness, what a din. He said it was his interpretation of a work of a classical composer with a long foreign-sounding name. I suggested he play something we might recognise. So he did.

Well, it sounded a bit like ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor,’ played by a drunken sailor!

“Oy, you can stop that, Popeye” yelled the pub landlord!

“I’m going to raise my empty glass to the next level” giggled Gail.

Harvey took the hint and bought us all drink.



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2020 – Stories featuring obsolete words – H

2019 – Stories for children – H

2018 – My Friend Rosey – H

2017 – The village of Amble Bay – H

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39 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 8

  1. msjadeli Apr 9, 2021 / 02:36

    Bob Dylan would smile at this one, Keith. Cheers!


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 9, 2021 / 16:14

      I used to be a great fan of harmonica player Larry Adler. He left us 20 years ago and no one has ever taken his place.

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  2. messymimi's meanderings Apr 9, 2021 / 03:18

    Heeheehee! It takes a bit of doing to get the hang of the harmonica. Maybe he should try a kazoo, i think anyone can play that.

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  3. Unishta Apr 9, 2021 / 04:11

    Harmonicas aren’t that easy to master . Actually I think they are quite squeaky ….

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  4. Arti Jain Apr 9, 2021 / 09:03

    He paid for the drinks…
    then that’s a happily ever after,
    after all that din:)
    Happy to be here.

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  5. Denise Hammond Apr 9, 2021 / 11:07

    Luckily my sons played keyboard, French horn, mellophone, saxophone, clarinet….thankfully, no harmonica!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 9, 2021 / 15:25

      Quite a noisy household then! I play the keyboard and saxaphone. Not sure what my neighbours think!


  6. ahtdoucette Apr 9, 2021 / 13:06

    Harmonicas are so hard to play! It takes real skill and not sure he’s got it! Fun story.

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  7. Liam Apr 9, 2021 / 18:18

    I don’t have much musical talent, but I can play a good blues riff on harmonica.

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  8. jenne49 Apr 9, 2021 / 19:39

    Yes, you got me with the ‘Hohner Chromatic French Harp Phosphor Harmonica in the Key of C’ too. I think I might learn that expressions and make it into some kind of party piece! Another really fun story, Keith. .

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  9. Gail M Baugniet Apr 9, 2021 / 23:24

    A fellow author here is also a traveling surgeon and took up the harmonica to entertain himself during his travels and extended stays in other countries. Being self-taught, he did sound a bit better than Harvey, though.
    H is for Hawaiian hibiscus

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 10, 2021 / 16:04

      A great idea as it’s so easy to transport, certainly less cumbersome than a piano!


  10. Stu Apr 11, 2021 / 15:56

    My dad was amazing with the Harmonica (among other instruments. He used to play drums in a band). Me? I can breath in and out. Never got the hang of it.

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  11. Allison Apr 12, 2021 / 14:55

    Sometimes I really love the harmonica, but usually when added to the rest of the band. Thinking specifically of Steven Tyler, then I scroll back to see you mentioned him the day before! Too funny.

    – Allison (https://lightningflashx.blogspot.com/)


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 12, 2021 / 15:24

      What a coincidence. I’m totally with you on when and where the harmonica belongs.


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