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Friday Fictioneers: JUST THRUMMING ALONG…

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JUST THRUMMING ALONG… A Drabble for FriFic

“Hi, guess what, Cheryl?”

“What now, Ethel?”

“I’m in a band!”

“Wait till I stop laughing. You, in a band? You are not musical, Ethel, never have been.”

“Well, I am now. It’s a jug band and I’m ‘The Hamboner’.”

“Listen to yourself, Ethel. ‘Jug band’!” And what the hell is a hamboner?”

“I’m the percussionist, and Willie invited me. He’s letting me use his Frottoir.”

“I’m afraid to ask. ”

“It’s a washboard, Cheryl! And we’re playing at Lottie’s.”

“That dump! With the hand jive guy? Now I know what a jug band is, thank God they serve alcohol. ”

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Bodie Miller's Washboard... this talented musician is usually found behind a guitar, but is known to do some 'thrumming'.  I took this photo last year at a music festival.  I'd never seen one close up.

Bodie Miller’s Washboard… this talented musician is usually found behind a guitar, but is known to do some ‘thrumming’. I took this photo last year at a music festival. I’d never seen one close up.

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I like photos like this one by  John Nixon for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt.  Look at the photo… find inspiration… write a 100 word story.

Here’s who wrote one this week…

I went past the obvious, into the store to see what I could find to interest me… Washboards… Bingo… I remembered Bodie’s.  A staple of Zydeco music, the first washboard or rubboard… called the Frottoir in Cajun French… was made by Mister Willie Landry in 1946.  Hand Jive is also a popular folk music talent…. you all remember ‘Willie and the Hand Jive’!

 Ethel is a little more adventurous than Cheryl and I think she would try something like this.  Cheryl got drunk and went home with Willie.

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