My Spoon Playin' at Publix

...and more than you may have wanted to know about playing spoons. Happy Thanksgiving.

The lady bagging my groceries saw my cowboy hat and wondered, “Are you in the music biz?” Well, being the truthful type, I couldn’t say I really was. But, "I do play with a bluegrass band.” Well, then she was all happy and asked what I played. 


This question is always the difficult part of the conversation about music and bluegrass bands. You see, I play spoons. 

Most people have never heard the spoons played. Most have never seen them played. And so, there is always a little incredulity. Okay, well sometimes there is a lot of incredulity.


Hold on to your hat; here's what that looked like:

You can find it again using this link: https://youtu.be/xsHcFLmhRFc

When I got done, the lady asked whether I’d written that song! (I wish.)


The cashier just shook his head in disbelief and said, “You’ll have to pardon my young friend. She just crawled out from under a rock.”


What could I say? He knew her better than I did.


I am deliberately publishing this blog near Thanksgiving because, truth be told, I'm grateful for having discovered spoon playing all those years ago. I'm also grateful for you. So from my "Rocky Top" to yours, I wish you a great Thanksgiving.

Ed Zinkiewicz

…the retired guy

p.s. My thanks for the mystery man who videoed the whole episode.

p.p.s. You may have heard me say that I’ve played with a bluegrass band in nursing homes. We’ve done so for 10 years. I’m really sorry to say that I don’t have any video of events like that. You just can’t get release forms signed under those circumstances from all the players: care facilities, care staff, and residents.


p.p.p.s. Please click the little red heart below this post.



Not tired of the spoons yet? Until March we played cards with Randy and his wife. Just because we're socially isolated doesn't mean he can't get a birthday greeting:

Want to know more about Ed's cowboy hat? Check out this 2-minute video:

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