January 29th

National Blueberry Pancake Day

National Kazoo Day

National Blueberry Pancake Day

Now who wouldn’t like to start a cold winter’s day off with beautiful Blueberry Pancakes. Yummm. Top them off with your favorite syrup, some fruit or some whip cream.  Add a side of bacon or ham and some has browns and what a great breakfast you’ve got for the day. But who says it has to be breakfast. There is nothing wrong with finishing your day with a wonderful Pancake dinner with all the trimmings. What a wonderful fundraiser this day would be for some special scout group or school organization. No matter where you are or what you are doing enjoy you Blueberry Pancakes today.

When you get done with eating how about some relaxing time with a Kazoo.

Jan. 28 is celebrated as National Kazoo Day,a day when, according to organizers, Americans are supposed to take time to recognize the kazoo, that musical instrument that takes only a minute to master for a lifetime to annoy.

This is a wonderful way to introduce a young child to music. I remember as a young child having a circular white Kazoo. I loved it and played it outdoors not to drive my parents crazy. When my sons where in cub scouts I introduced their troop to Kazoo’s. The Scout troop had decided that all the boys should march in the Fourth of July Parade but they didn’t know what to have them do. That’s when we became the first scout Kazoo Band. Over fifty boys marched in band formation Hum the Kazoo’s. Do you know how loud Kazoo’s can be outdoors when there are fifty of them? We had metal ones that were tubular shaped. Some were blue and gold others were red and gold but each boy had his own. It was an experience the scouts and parents never forgot and neither did I. We hummed the Star Spangled Banner. America the Beautiful, and several others which I over time have forgotten. The point is we had fund doing it and we were also able to participate in a very important holiday. Sometimes the simplest things work out the best. Everyone should try a Kazoo. You can find them at your local music store.

 

While the kazoo can be irritating when played by a hyperactive 5-year-old, it is a legitimate musical instrument, Scott Paulson uses kazoos to help provide soundtracks at silent movie screenings.

“It can be annoying, but it can be a delightful instrument,” Paulson told HuffPost Weird News. “It’s known mostly as a child’s toy, but it has a history of being a ritual instrument in Africa.”

Paulson went on to explain that those early kazoos were used in rituals where the natives would disguise their voices using an animal horn which was made from the membrane of spider eggs.

“It’s basically a mask of the voice,” he said.

It has been said that the modern kazoo was invented in 1850 by former slave Alabama Vest of Macon, Ga., who devised the plans and then had it built by clockmaker Thaddeus von Clegg, a German immigrant.  He then introduced it two years later at the 1852 Georgia State Fair, but the now familiar sub shape wasn’t created until 1902.

In the late-19th and early 20th centuries, the kazoo became a popular instrument in jug bands, minstrel shows and was  featured on early jazz records.

“Many early recordings featured kazoos because they recorded well on the early sound equipment,” Paulson said. ”

Sometimes they sound like a trombone.”

Classical musicians like Richard Wagner, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Ives actually wrote pieces using the kazoo, and the instrument was also utilized by rockers like Frank Zappa, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, who used the ‘zoo for his classic “Crosstown Traffic.”

Still, the instrument gets its share of  criticism in the form of jokes, prompting Rick Hubbard to promote National Kazoo Day since the early ’80s. He has also been trying to get the idea of declaring it “America’s official musical instrument” to resonate with Congress.

“The kazoo’s musicality is only limited by the player’s imagination.”

Hubbard, who claims he can coax 40 separate sounds from his instrument, performs 250 kazoo concerts each year.

To be fair, National Kazoo Day is a way to toot his own horn since he is also chief executive officer of Kazoobie Inc., a Beaufort, S.C., company that sells a million kazoos annually.

The factory is also the site of the National Kazoo Museum, which features all sorts of classic kazoos, including one used in the television program

The fact that no training is needed is one factor in the kazoo’s favor, but Kazoobie spokeswoman Teresa Howey says some musicians such as classically trained singer Barbara Stewart, who died in 2011, have demonstrated what the instrument is really capable of doing.

“Anyone can play the kazoo, but a good singer can breathe longer and hum the pitches better,” Howey said.

So if you aren’t too full from eating your Blueberry pancakes. Have some fun with a Kazoo today. They work great at football games to support your team.

No matter what you do today. It’s Saturday enjoy what you can and make it family fun.

Here today the sun is out bright it looks like a great day but it is actually very cold out. I think I will stay inside enjoy eating, and hum a verse or two.

Then I can get into the mood for cowboy poetry that I am currently working on.

So until next time folks enjoy your day 🙂

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