Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jack Blanchard's Column February 11, 2018


Business was off at the ballet.
The theater manager was sharp enough to realize
that not everybody likes the ballet.
Some people like trombone playing.
He did an extensive talent search
and found a ballerina who could play the trombone.
He offered her big bucks if she could learn to do both at once.

The house was packed on opening night.
The ballerina danced "Swan Lake" brilliantly,
playing the trombone all the way until the last act,
which called for a pirouette
and a seventh position trombone lick at the same time.
She tripped over another swan,
blew her teeth to the audience,
and did an ad lib five minute pain dance.

I know this story is true because I was that ballerina.

When my Dawn Breakers vocal quartet,were recording for a Detroit label,
we stayed at an old hotel called The Barlum.
A lot of traveling show biz people stayed there.
I found it had a long closed penthouse nightclub with a white grand piano.
I was up there alone writing songs each night
and enjoying the view of the city lights.

Miami, 1960's.
Misty and I were just coming off being homeless,
when a couple of musicians who had always snubbed us
asked us to fill in on their gig
because they had something better to do for two nights.
It was in Hialeah near the race track
and a winner came in and tipped us $100.
We almost passed out!
That was like $1,000 then.
I wrote, arranged, and conducted the music
for a government documentary film about The Everglades,
called "Million Acre Playground".
It was good experience watching the film
and getting the live band to synchronize with the scenes.
I went to the premier in Ft. Lauderdale and sat through  it just to see my name fly by in the credits.

look for credits at time meter 14:10



Video Details

14:10; color; sound; V-28 CA129; S. 828

Original Country Music Composed, Arranged, and Conducted By Jack Blanchard.


This film depicts the work of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District in maintaining the Everglades. There are lots of wildlife and recreational scenes. It includes airboats, deer hunting with hounds, duck hunting, frog gigging, fishing, camping and the Okeechobee Waterway Cross State Boat Cruise. Pedal steel guitars provide the film's background music.


Starting out, we couldn't afford a Hammond B-3 organ,
so Misty got a Wurlitzer and tinkered with it.
She got the keys to pop like a Hammond by putting a switch halfway on.
The audiences liked to see the sparks fly in the back of the organ.

Over forty years ago
we were driving in heavy traffic down a six or eight lane highway
near the Pentagon.
There was a small injured dog trapped in the median.
When I could stop a few miles later I called the police
trying to get help for the dog.
The cop said. "We ain't allowed to shoot 'em."
Nothing I could do.
Now, four decades later, I still remember that little dog,
and the look on his face, and I still feel somehow guilty.

The teacher said, "What is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?"
I said, "I don't know and I don't care."
* * *
"Bewitch me, darling. Bewitch me."
"I'll bewitch you in a minute. I'm busy."
* * *
A group of rabbits walking backwards is a receding hare line.
* * *
I don't know why the doctor gave me an anti-depressant. ..
unless it's because I had my hands around his throat.
* * *
I'm getting crows feet, but somehow my shoes still fit.

Jack Blanchard
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan... 

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Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists. 

© Jack Blanchard, 2018.

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