A Request and Five On Friday - Shuffle

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, October 22, 2010

This is a request, nay a plea for y'all to extend some love. "Blind Mississippi Morris" Cummings is a staple here in Memphis and around the globe in the blues world.A smiling, joyous talented man indeed. 

Sunday evening, he and his wife partook in an evening meal at the local Cracker Barrel. When they returned to their car they were stunned to find it had been broken into and a number of items stolen.

The lowlifes who perpetrated this heinous act took a .44-caliber Magnum Ruger and a .45-caliber Springfield; a laptop, with all of its calendar listings, bookings, accounting and music files; and a vintage 1949 microphone Morris had just bought for $1,200. They also took the handicap sticker from the car!

Scary that these two guns, owned and registered by responsible adults are now in the hands of people who exist lower than whale sperm at the bottom of the ocean.

The calendar is the lifeblood of a musician...his accounting records, very important of course; maybe the thieves can be found if they use the parking sticker and an observant officer notices (that is if they even send that information out to the beat cops).

Oh worst of all, ALL 50 of Morris' harps were stolen. He bought a microphone out of pawn for $200.00 and was going to pawn a guitar until his son lent him $100 to buy 4 harmonicas for a booking he had on Tuesday at B.B. Kings here on Beale. Morris played...there were songs he could not perform because he did not have the correct keyed harp.

But he played...and I have talked about this before...the gig netted him $100.00!

So, now a builder of harps has offered to make Morris 8 harps for a deeply discounted price of $640.00 He has a paypal account. Any funds raised will cover the cost of those 8 and any additional funds raised over the $640.00 will result in additional harps being made. Deak is contributing all his labor for free.  A generously kind act by a fellow musician...That is what makes these folks so special and why I have so enjoyed spending time and getting to know them better.

The paypal account is deakharp@hughes.net. On your receipt it will have a woman's name (not putting it here - if you want it send me an email please)

Karma is a B**CH and these guys will get theirs...we are hoping Morris is covered in good karma.


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I have to stop rambling now...thank you for your kind attention...

BUT...Not until I tell you that as I was putting this up for posting, we found out that $200.00 was donated by the generous Bobby Joe Owens and Retro Deluxe. Bobby Joe was a guest on Music On The Couch on September 28th. He saw my postings on Facebook and stepped up.


The news article is HERE

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at playlist.com and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

So, this week I did a variation of the iPod Shuffle. Instead of putting the iTouch on shuffle and letting it pick five songs, I flicked my finger on the window and let the artists rotate by and then - without looking - I stopped it and whatever artist was there, I then selected a song from them.

Now, I actually tried to select songs that were not their most popular song, to give a different feel...


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11 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mike Golch Says:
  2. Vinnie, a great set indeed. A big time bummer about the breakin in of the guy's car.Prayers are all that I can offer.

  3. CiCi Says:
  4. Terrible news about Morris and his wife enjoying some time together and someone breaking into their car. It doesn't make sense to me but some people steal for a living. I don't call that living, I call it stealing.

  5. Lester Bondo Says:
  6. Chanbers Brothers and Doors as bookends? Will you marry me?...

  7. Jay Says:
  8. If your car isn't safe at the Cracker Barrel then it isn't safe anywhere.

  9. MIKE: Thank you Sir

    TECHNOBABE: It takes a low-life to do this deed. You have to know that the person you are stealing from is a professional when they have 50 harps in a case!

    LESTER: Are you down on one knee when you are asking?

    JAY: It truly sucks

  10. Sorry to hear about the theft. It's rotten what some people do to those unable to ehlp themselves. I'll pass the word around to some musicians.

    Truly enjoyed hearing the Pointer Sisters.

  11. Linda Says:
  12. What a rotten and ornery thing to do - especially in a parking lot that had to have a lot of traffic coming in and out. I hope that the thieves are caught and justice is meted out appropriately though I'm afraid I won't hold my breath on it. As you said, though, karma is a bitch and it will come back to them at some point in time.

    I rather like you idea of playing "Spin the Bottle" with the iPod - it most definitely came up with a good set list! I haven't heard "Automatic" in years!

  13. Sad to hear about Morris' harps loss and the whole distress about the break in. But you're a good man to spread the word.

    I'm a huge fan of The Doors, so Peace Frog was easily my favorite today. I also enjoyed Little Steven and the Disciples.

  14. Travis Cody Says:
  15. I like the idea of not choosing the more popular tunes sometimes. I enjoyed this Set.

  16. TopChamp Says:
  17. What a shame.. *scoots off to buy some instrument insurance*.

  18. katherine. Says:
  19. just checking in and catching up


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