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Have you ever noticed that certain personalities go with certain instruments? Harmonica players are generally nicer than guitarists, happier than bass players (but who isn’t?), more nurturing than pianists and more ardent conversationalists than drummers. Many of us were drawn to the harmonica by oral fixations, the result of weaning issues and unhappy childhoods. Some of us just never outgrew the solitary pleasures of learning to whistle through acorn caps and bottle tops, or the thrill of entertaining our peers by imitating crickets, ducks, aging carburetors and alimentary disasters. We subsisted on silliness but still we longed to speak from a deeper place in our souls. With the harmonica we found our True Voice. It was an instrument perfectly suited to our temperament: brash, yearning, laughing, crying, misunderstood; a spiritual emissary packaged and sold as a throwaway toy.
If you’ve read this far, it’s probably too late for you to adopt another, more stable personality. I would just go with the one you have. All you need are some sunny afternoons, a park bench, this video and your trusty harmonica as you honk and squeal your way to your next zen moment.