The Three Harmonicas

Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

The Jumpin’ Hot Devils had three harmonica players. None of the harmonicas were in the same key, and all three musicians insisted on playing at the same time. This caused a dull, yet irritating cloud of noise to form between the band and the audience. After a while, those in the audience in the crowd who managed to endure the sound would realize that the bass player and drummer were actually quite talented.

Their trademark song, a version of “Tail Dragger,” was so horrendously loud and dissonant that it resembled an aggressive art piece more than a beloved blues staple. The harmonica players would should obscenities at each other while stepping on top of each others’ solos. By the end of the set, each would be wheezing, eye bulging.

They couldn’t compare with The YordBords, however, who had a guy with a bassoon.

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