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Anybody else sing "The Man On The Flying Trapeeze"?

I found it in the Dobson Book....going to add it in this weekend. Got that Al...ha ha.

Concert key of "G".


The tune is from 1867.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on September 18, 2013 at 10:12pm
Just sang it again. One of the best stories.
Comment by Al Smitley on September 19, 2013 at 7:08am

'Man on the Flying Trapeeze"....Got it.  I played bongos (didn't own a drum) on that one in a talent assembly with members of my 6th grade homeroom class who were also taking music lessons.

Another good one from 1867 (I think) is "Light Cavalry Overture", probably in 'G'.

Comment by Strumelia on September 19, 2013 at 12:18pm

Al maybe you should pull out your bongos to accompany Tim when he plays it-  the crowd would love it!  And both of you should wear tights for that tune.

Comment by Tim Twiss on September 19, 2013 at 12:24pm

Didn't the word "leotard" come from that fellow on the flying trapeze? Sounds like a rock star of yesteryear.


Comment by Strumelia on September 19, 2013 at 12:34pm

I propose that we have a traditional Friday "Converse sneakers and tights" day at AEBG.

Comment by Al Smitley on September 19, 2013 at 12:44pm

I have chicken legs!  I don't even wear knickers to play base ball.  I wear full-length pants....more appropriate for pre-1865 base ball clubs, anyway.

Comment by Strumelia on September 19, 2013 at 1:25pm

Al you have months now to do some trapeze work and beef up those chicken legs before the next AEBG.

Comment by Al Smitley on September 19, 2013 at 3:06pm

Not that it makes a bit of difference but, I just realized that it was "Skater's Waltz" that I played bongos to with my 6th grade classmates!

Comment by Strumelia on September 19, 2013 at 3:43pm

Al, about 30 years ago, I had a pet canary that sang.  I found an old vinyl record in a garage sale bin that said it was 'an aid for training canaries to sing beautifully'.  I had a record player/turntable.  I took the record out of its sleeve...it was one of those translucent candy-apple red really thick heavy vinyl records.  I forget what speed it was, but I was able to play it no problem.  Turns out it was a full symphonic version of the Skater's Waltz ...with about 30 canaries singing their hearts out dubbed over it.  The effect was weird and surreal.  I wouldn't have minded hearing the '1001 canaries' singing at full throttle, but who could stand listening to the Skater's Waltz over and over again?   You were supposed to play it a couple hours a day of course.  I would have gone out of my mind!   lol    At the time I wondered about the actual people who made this record, about who they were, and about the whole concept-hatching and production process.

To this day when I hear the Skater's Waltz, in my mind I hear a million canaries singing along with it.  There must be other people walking around with such canary records infesting their brains.

Comment by Al Smitley on September 19, 2013 at 3:51pm

Well, as you say, that was 30 years ago that you purchased it.  Chalk it up to the naivete' of a five-year-old!


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