I may be the first guy to have ever been flown to a gig to play melodica.

There are probably other musicians who have been flown to gigs who played melodica among other instruments, but I''m being flown in to play only melodica.

The reservation was made today.

Every other year, my Temple in North Carolina  puts on a one-day Jewish Festival. It's sort of analogous to the Greek Festivals you sometimes find at Greek Orthodox Churches.  When I was there, I played with the only klezmer group in that region of the State. The instrument I ended up playing with the band is melodica. They were afraid of putting me on piano because one of the instruments is mandolin and they were afraid I'd drown him out. Also, pianos aren't portable, either to venues or within venues if we have to play in multiple rooms for a wedding or something. Electric ones are, but this group is all acoustic. 

I moved away a little less than a year ago, currently being located in barely upstate New York, "barely" because we're really close to the Pennsylvania border, in the area known here as the Southern Tier. The klezmer group of course plays the Jewish festival. The rabbi wanted me involved and offered to fly me down. Cool by me. I like going back and I like playing. The event will be in late October.

There are other instruments I play, but most of them didn't fit and I'm way better on a keyboard than anything else. They tried to talk me into trying accordion, which has the advantage of being traditional, but I don't own one (they do), they're heavy and uncomfortable, I don't want to bother learning the left hand buttons - which I don't need to because there are other instruments in the band that handle chords and bass lines and, aside from that, my wife, when I brought up the possibility, said

"I forbid it."

"You What??"

"I forbid it."


"Because if I'm at a gig, I never want to be put into the position when asked 'Which one is your husband?' of having to answer 'The one playing the accordion.'"

Can't argue with that logic. 

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 19, 2017 at 5:14pm

LOL, enjoy the gig!

Comment by koshersalaami on July 19, 2017 at 5:25pm

Thanks. I intend to. 

Unfortunately, the klezmer band won't be playing at this year's benefit music festival for the local food bank. That's in September. This will be #6 and I've never missed one. The rock band is - the rock band founded it. The two guys who play bass lines for the klezmer group - cello and standup bass - are both unavailable. First festival that band will miss. So I'm glad to be playing the JEwish festival with these guys. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 19, 2017 at 5:36pm

I wonder if there are any electric pickups for Ocarinas?  You do play the Ocarina don't you?

Comment by koshersalaami on July 19, 2017 at 8:04pm

Naah. I probably could, or at least learn fast, but I'm less interested in diatonic instruments than chromatic ones. With very occasional temporary exceptions. Tin whistle I can half hole to catch the accidentals. 

Comment by Rosigami on July 19, 2017 at 11:20pm

I think it sounds like a blast!

Comment by MV Neland on July 20, 2017 at 1:10am

Kosher, bring back a wee sample. Maybe upload part of a phone recording!?

Comment by Ron Powell on July 20, 2017 at 2:39am

I owned a melodica once,  but didn't enjoy playing it...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 20, 2017 at 2:42am

Very cool.

@ jmac   I tht you use ocarina to enliven spaghetti sauce.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 20, 2017 at 3:43am

Kosh  have you ever heard Ken Ulansey's klezmer band?

Comment by Steel Breeze on July 20, 2017 at 4:57am

R&L......i can only play the Torque Wrench....


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