Top Five Uses of the Harmonica

I’m doing a Top Five harmonica solos list. I’ve got six candidates. I’m sitting there for minutes trying to decide what to strip, and then it hit me: this isn’t any fucking fun at all. That might be it for my Top Five series. It had one post. Top Five songs about cats. That was a case where I sat down and made a list of the first five “good enough” songs about cats that I could come up with off the top of my head. So I was building a list, rather than stripping one down. I’ve been working on this harmonica solos list for at least a month now. (I mean, not constantly. Here and there.) But that’s exactly the wrong approach, it seems. The problem creeped in when I Googled it yesterday, or whenever it was. Gave me too many candidates. If I can just strip out the one I found on Google, that gives me five. A list which is my top five. Not Google’s. I’m not saying these are the five best. I’m saying these are the first five that come to mind. Maybe I should change the category to First Five? Nah, Top Five sounds better. Besides, in a very real way, the first five are the top five.

So here they are.

What Would You Say – Dave Matthews Band –
Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) – Donovan –
Bring It On Home – Led Zeppelin –
Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin –
Times Of Trouble – Temple Of The Dog –

6 thoughts on “Top Five Uses of the Harmonica

  1. Isaac Kelley June 9, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Fuck Google!

  2. Isaac Kelley June 9, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Without even thinking about it, I used Google search between typing ‘fuck google’ and hitting “post comment.”

  3. Isaac Kelley June 9, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    in Chrome.

  4. ethanabides June 10, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    You rebel. 🙂

    I’ve been on Firefox for a while now, I prefer it to Chrome. For what it’s worth.

    We could switch to Bing, but that’s assuming Microsoft is less evil than Google. And I’m not going anywhere else for my maps. Or my email. I don’t know. At least I’m not on Facebook, I guess.

  5. Josh W June 11, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I am a big Firefox advocate, and also use DuckDuckGo for search. I just registered for a non-Google email service called Tutanota that I might try to adopt (I just have to convince every single other person I know to drop Gmail for it to do any good). Also I use Google Maps relentlessly so they don’t know anything about my browsing history or my search habits but they know where I am at all times.

    Anyway harmonicas: Neil Young “Heart of Gold” for sure. After that I guess it depends on how you feel about Blues Traveler.

  6. ethanabides June 17, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    The harmonica on “What Would You Say” is played by the Blues Traveler guy. I don’t like Blues Traveler, but that’s a hell of a harmonica solo. Nice pick on “Heart of Gold,” I just listened to it. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to Neil Young.

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