Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Almanac: Harmonica music a favorite of Mt. Lebanon woman

Reed and cover-plates, the comb and blues harp, terms just recently familiar to me. Artists of the music world, both young and old, will recognize these being parts of a harmonica.

As I visited with residents of Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon a few weeks ago, my attention drifted to Christmas tunes being played on a harmonica in another area. The tone was wonderful and so was the smile on Mary Beth Flickinger, a long-time resident of Baptist Homes. Her familiar harmonica melodies filled the air.

At 89, Mary Beth has been making delightful music on a harmonica since her small hands held the instrument in the third grade.

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