In perhaps one of the dorkiest Tip Our Hats we've ever done, we are now honoring skillful harmonica players. There's something in us that gets a little charge when we see a guy whip out a harmonica from his back pocket and go to town on it. It's so jangly, so folksy. Wheezing in and out, he gets downright soulful. Huey Lewis, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen: we can't get enough!
Some girls like a rousing guitar solo, we'd prefer a riff that requires some huffing and puffing. Tapping his toe, he cups his hands over the thing, like he's telling it a secret with his breath. We don't even mind if he wears the harmonica around his neck like a neck brace ala Bob Dylan. We'll take it.
So, dudes that play the harmonica well, we tip our hats to you. You're a hit equally at bonfires and jam sessions. As you bellow out the tunes, we're on the sidelines beaming that we brought such a crowd-pleaser as a date.
*The only exception to this rule is John Popper from Blues Traveler because looks like Panama Jack with a doughnut problem. But, we do respect how well he can wail on that ol' 'monica.