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The Down South Submarine, my history

March 12, 2010

Such instruments have been used in Africa for hundreds of years, to disguise the sound of somebody’s voice or to imitate animals, often for various ceremonial purposes. It was on such an instrument that the kazoo, invented in the 19th century by an African American named Alabama Vest in Macon, Georgia, United States, is based. – Wikipedia

Learning where you come from can make you change the way you see yourself. Some people find out their family were Irish potato farmers escaping the famine. Others find out their birth father was Charles Manson.

Well, us kazoos go back to Georgia, and further back to Africa. I vowed earlier today to write a song about Alabama Vest, and look what I found. Kazoo Museum founder, Un-Road Trip journeyer and high five world record-holder Boaz Frankel and his band, the Dexter Street Stompers, already wrote one. I’m still gonna write one, but theirs is way good.

Here they are, playing “The Down South Submarine” at Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard, Seattle 4/2/2009.

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