My birthday came around again (dammit), and to ease the pain, my pals Jae, Kristin and Stephanie took me on another Buttkick List adventure.  This time we migrated to a music store in Huntington Beach, CA.  You see, I’ve never had a musical lesson in my life, so playing a song on an instrument is was on my list as a monumental task to be conquered.

l to r: Stephanie, Kristin, Manny the Man, Jae, me

Jae decided we should have a lesson on the simple harmonica, being that I am simple minded.  Much safer choice than the accordion or bassoon, right?  Manny, our instructor, really had his work cut out for him.  I am NOT musical.  Just ask anyone who has been unfortunate enough to hear me attempt to “sing.”  Whenever I find myself in the terrifying position of being in a group of singers (sorority, church, birthday celebrations, sporting events) I mouth the words to spare those around me excruciating ear pain.  You may be interested to know, however, I am an expert judge of other singers.  I could shred as an American Idol judge.  “Yo, that was a little pitchy, Dawg.”  I know when something doesn’t sound right, and with me, it never sounds right.

My harmonica man, Manny

Our squad of middle-aged women happens to appreciate tasteless humor, so we were thrilled to learn that the harmonica is all about blowing and sucking.  I know.  I know.  We could hardly get to playing for all the ridiculously lewd comments that naturally flow with those two particular words.  Poor Manny.  That was the slowest hour of his life, I’m afraid.

Blowing and sucking like pros

Anywho, we actually did manage to learn the basics of blowing and sucking our harmonicas, which allowed me to check the box!  Thanks Jae, Kristin and Stephanie!  And, as always, thanks Leason, for giving me my second chance at life and music!

We nailed it, as you can clearly see, so we have decided to take our gig on the road in 2020 and play for sold out arenas worldwide.  I was so thrilled to finally pierce the world of music bubble that I Amazon Primed two harmonica song books by the time we exited Manny’s parking lot.  I’ve been blowing and sucking like a lunatic ever since, and I’m proud to announce that I’m killing it with my rendition of Edelweiss (click on the gold bar below).  Leave a message if you are looking to book entertainment for a wedding, corporate event or perhaps the Super Bowl half time show.  Be sure to use the promo code:  JOSSUCKS



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I am a survivor of two extremely rare diseases, thanks to over 100 blood transfusions and ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. My blog, joselynsbrawl.com, chronicles my adventures through medical offices, operating rooms, clinics, transfusion centers, hospital transplant floors, victory celebrations, and finally my bucket list items – all with a humorous and sometimes profane twist. My goal is to inspire others not to give up on life or anything else, and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness (or two).

13 thoughts on “Harmonious

  1. OMG, you are killing me! I just played your beautiful rendition of Edelweiss to the entire studio, and you got a standing ovation. You should have been here! My second favorite thing is…the code. 🙂 Well done girlfriend! Keep up the good work!

    XOXO-Leslie Figge

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  2. Hi Jos,
    Todd has been raving over the years about the exact special skills and talents which you mentioned, but not how they applied to an harmonica.
    It is no surprise based on his descriptions, that you could and would be able to master the Harmonica.
    Congratulations on a job well done. Edelweiss has n a podcast. Thanks for posting.
    Does Todd need to be jealous of Manny. I mean with all
    that B’ing and S’ing goin’ on. ( And I’m not referring to “S”inging!😱) 🤔🤫🤐

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  3. Julie Andrews watch out! Hilarious, as usual! I need to go meet Manny! Remind me to tell you and Todd my Edelweiss story.

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  4. You need to start booking some gigs on the Bar Mitzvah circuit. Happy Bday and love to see you hitting that ButtKick list! The Singers

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  5. Jos, I am so sorry I missed the harmonica lesson! It looks like a fun and informative afternoon! Keep on blowing & sucking!


  6. What a way to start the week Joslyn!! Thank you so much for sharing! I really enjoyed that! And your sense if humor is second to none girl!! Now let’s see when I will be able to book you, Mothers Day is coming and of course my birthday at the end of summer. Have a great day!! 🙂
    Say hi to Todd for me.


  7. Love that I could set up your first music lesson and you were a great student! Loved our group and had so much fun!
    xoxo, Jae


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