So, this is an unexpected sequel to a story that was supposed to end with two vintage Hammond organs finding a new home.
Here we are with part two. So clearly… and for totally acceptable reasons…that didn’t happen. It was recorded during a time when it was obvious that SOMEONE…(number 45)…was refusing to cast fantasy to the wind and stand firmly in reality. The conversation was supposed to be a lesson in letting go of something with grace.
Part one was entitled “The Last Note.” Considering the electric organ lives and spent the winter on the porch. That title may still hold true.
In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields revisits the front porch of Don Vasa and his wife Cathy Lybarger to see if his vintage Hammond Organ still has a little bit of Lesly in her system.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in decorative arts.
About the Guests:
Don Vasa is a local musician, master brewer and is headed back to Nebraska for a spell…again. He promises to return before winter. Cathy Lybarger is a glass maker and until further notice, remains keeper of the organs.
Image: Don Vasa and gianofer fields try out Don’s vintage Hammond organ on the porch. Photograph courtesy of Cathy Lybarger.