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Sonny's Stories

Sonny's Stories

Gathering of Souls

Posted by [email protected] on May 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Regarding the gathering of souls, I believe that some of my high school friends and I may have caused some concern back in the 50s.

Back then, my friends and I would spend nearly every weekend camping out on the river banks of some of the islands around here. We nearly always went by boat. Back then we didn't see any "No Trespassing" signs and, in fact, most of the places we went had no one living on them.

All of us played in the high school band and, on one trip, we decided to bring our instruments. We had two trumpets, a saxophone, a flute, a tuba, and my clarinet.

About 2:00 in the morning we were playing marches but our favorites were "When the Saints Come Marching In" and also "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". After we played the last two several times we noticed some house lights coming on across the river. We were sure that hearing this music wafting across the river in the dark night may have alarmed some people and they were gazing out to the starry skies looking for the saints or the chariots descending.

We packed our instruments and decided not to ever take them again.

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