[Dixielandjazz] cleaning methods and jazz

Mike Durham mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 16 18:50:08 PST 2003

Bill & other scrubbers: My drummer says the washboard was taken up as a 
percussion instrument simply out of sexual frustration.......drummers would 
engage a young lady in conversation at the interval, only to find at the end 
of the evening that she had gone home with the clarint player while the 
drummer was still beraking down his kit. Well, it's a theory.

Mike "Sorry, my dear, I forgot to remove my thimbles" Durham

>From: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
>To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] cleaning methods and jazz
>Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 17:12:19 +0000
>Hi Listmates,
>Mike Durham wrote:
>>On a more serious note, washboardists might be interested to know that in 
>>sunny southern Portugal houses are still being built with integral 
>>washboards - yes, really -  affixed to the outside of the house, next to a 
>>water tap. A lot cheaper than a washing machine, and very 
>>environmentally-friendly! As they are made of concrete, . .
>This is a throwback to an earlier era when humanity lived in small tribal 
>enclaves. Clothing would be taken down to the local creek (a convenient 
>source of water) and beat on a rock (which is quite similar to concrete). 
>It was effective for a milennium or so. Then, in rapid succession came 1. 
>the washboard, 2. the maytag, 3. your local dry cleaner and laundry shoppe 
>and, 4. disposable underwear.
>The washboard era simply happened to coincide with the rise of blues and 
>jazz in New Orleans and so became a legitimate part of the jazz band 
>percussion section.
>Can you imagine what would happen to jazz if it were invented today? . . . 
>I can't.
>Respectfully submitted,
>Bill "wears relatively clean shorts" Gunter
>jazzboard at hotmail.com
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