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Photo Hunters: Music

This is a terrific theme for this week, but I wish I had more energy and was feeling better to devote to it. 🙁 Everyone in the family is a musician, and most of the kids have composed their own music… but I’m too exhausted and congested to muster the energy to snap photos of all their instruments!! So instead, I will treat you with some photos from our archives. 😀

Here’s an interesting musical device: it’s a polyphon. It is very old, and we saw it when we toured the FX Matt Brewery in Utica, NY. There was a fire there a few years ago; I hope the polyphon was not damaged.

Polyphon

The thing looks like a music box, and lo and behold, it is! Kind of… It’s from Germany, judging by the engraving on the metal disk. I think it was considered to have been the German jukebox of the 1800s. I couldn’t tell what song was engraved on the large metal disk, but I strongly suspect it was a rousing rendition of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Ha!

This is a photo from the Higginbotham home, in Oneida, NY. The Higginbothams were a prominent family in the settlement of the city. The first bank of Oneida was in their pantry room! Julia Higginbotham, an invalid daughter, was an accomplished musician, and she composed several songs that were published in the 1800s. This was her music room. The piano in the corner is still used for a Christmas celebration held here.

Higinbotham Music Room

This is a tiny piano, constructed especially for Julia when she was bedridden. It is wide enough and tall enough to fit over her legs while she reclined in bed.

Julia's Small Piano

Here’s one of my favorite photos, of two of the kids fooling around, as usual, at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. Can you detect their immense musical abilities?

Libba Cotten display

That’s Elizabeth Cotton’s guitar. She was from Syracuse. One of my earliest memories as a kid is listening to my family play her music on guitars. My favorite was Freight Train.

What Is Wrong with this Picture

Here’s the Hubs, playing tandem with Gene Autry. My Hubs had just learned to play “Ghost Riders in the Sky” before we visited the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY. He is an accomplished guitar player, and has written dozens of songs and compositions.

Ghost Riders in the Sky Buddies

And the kids were yukking it up with Roy and Dale! Hey howdy hey!!

The Gang

Did you know that Dale Evans Rogers wrote the song, Happy Trails? Here it is, from me to you! Have a great weekend, Photo Hunters!

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.

😀

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Carver says:

    Great take on the theme. You have such an interesting sequence of shots for the theme. Happy weekend.