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My new Magnus Overture

Oh my! Santa is already working over time here at BAD DOG RECORDS. Me too!

(Jonatha's little workshop..water AND wine...) The new website is here!!! and... news about my next project.

But in the meantime, how perfect.

 

A few days ago I found a Magnus chord organ – probably from the 60’s, sitting in the basement. I begged Rolly who works in the building to let me know whose it was, and if there might be any way I could buy it. He was a little cagey about it, but we plugged it in down there to see if it even worked. Oh JOY! In some ways, it’s one of the tackiest sounding things ever. At least this model has no volume pedal, no way to control dynamics, so it’s a bit like your blustery Uncle with no inner monologue or inside voice.

But for a few of the new songs that I’m working on? BINGO!

It turns out it belongs to Peter, the super. Someone gave it to him years ago, and he’s never used it and no longer has room. He was hoping it might be worth something, but alas, after a little research on the internet? - you’d be lucky to get 50 bucks. We gave him a great bottle of wine…

He gave it his blessing and hauled it up to my room for me. He threw in some classic songbooks with it. Merry Christmas indeed!!

All from the early 60's, The songbooks are almost as good as the organ itself:

FAMILIES HAVE MORE FUN TOGETHER WHEN THEY SING AND PLAY THESE SONGS!” – WOW!

Of course they do! - in the picture even Grandma gets a little giddy when the family romps into “Nelly Was a Lady.”

I’m working on “Kind of a Drag” and “Lay Some Happiness on Me” from the hot pink songbook 21 POP FAVORITES.

WAY better than the usual Holiday fare. THANK YOU PETER!
More very soon!

cheers,

jb

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