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It's another opening day. Sorry Carl, I know the Royals played & won on Sunday but here in SE Michigan, it's opening day!

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on April 5, 2016 at 7:10am
Really great Al.
Comment by Wes Merchant on April 5, 2016 at 8:19am
PLAY BALL!
Comment by Chris Prieto on April 5, 2016 at 9:25am
Lovely, deff makes light of the insanity opening day was yesterday in our tiny little down town. Great playing and video imagery was nice too.
Comment by Strumelia on April 5, 2016 at 9:57am

Al, you've been busy!  How great this is!

So, the aspirin bottle rattle is becoming popular....which begs the question- what would a 'period' equivalent be, for reenactments?  A glass bottle just wouldn't sound the same.

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 5, 2016 at 10:02am
Would something like an Altoids box or general tin flip top box of some kind be appropriate for the time? Would prolly also loose the aspriny plastic goodness tho.
Comment by Al Smitley on April 5, 2016 at 10:04am

No, I haven't been busy.  That was from 2009.  Regarding the Aspirin bottle, I guess a dried out gourd would be the obvious choice for sound.....and for a headache, I'd advise against Calomel!

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 5, 2016 at 10:06am
Bah yes a lil mini gourd with some loose seeds is pretty much a maraca. I actually own two big seed pods that would work too.
Comment by Strumelia on April 5, 2016 at 10:08am

A little gourd!--- like those Latin American percussion gourd instruments of various designs... but of course!

2009?  Sure took you long enough to post it!  Glad you did though!   :)

Comment by Al Smitley on April 5, 2016 at 10:11am

Several years ago Tim posted a different "Base Ball Polka" I did.  That was from 1858, the earliest baseball-related music I know of.  I also posted "Home Run Polka" (1867) a couple years ago.

I've just been saving them for opening days, but.....I'm out of instrumentals!

Comment by Carl Anderton on April 6, 2016 at 11:53am
Just remember "Royals" and "won." You're gonna hear that a lot this season.

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