"The Harmonica is easy to carry. Take it out of your hip pocket, knock it against your palm to shake out the dirt and pocket fuzz and bits of tobacco. Now it's ready. You can do anything with a harmonica: thin reedy single tone, or chords or melody with rhythm chords. You can mold the music with curved hands, making it wail and crylike bagpipes, making it full and round like an organ, making it as sharp and bitter as the reed pipes of the hills. And you can play it and put it back in your pocket. It is always with you, always in your pocket. And as you play, you learn new tricks, to pinch the tone with your lips, and no one teaches you. You feel around-sometimes in the tent door after supper when the women are washing up. Your foot taps gently on the ground. Your eyebrows rise and fall in rhythm. And if you lose it or break it, why, it's no great loss. You can buy another for a quarter."

 - john Steinbeck, The grapes of Wrath

  

Harmonica in Literature & Film

 

 "Two of my favourite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a sweet pipe of hemp and playing my Hohner Harmonica"

 - Abraham Lincoln

  

A few Harmonica quotes

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