A Man With a Horn Listen with RealAudio in 14.4, 28.8, or G2 SureStream..
See with Tom Battuk's Cartoon based upon this story.
Produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson
Each Sunday on warm weekends, Eric Byron walks a mile from his Lower East
Side apartment to the same bench, in the Northwest corner of Washington
Square Park in New York City and sets up shop. Out comes his guestbook, a
battered box of 78s, hand painted signs, a home built, hand cranked,
phonograph with a with a four-foot horn made from a heating duct.
A Man with a Horn, Eric Byron with the home built, hand
cranked phonograph that he wheels to Washington Square Park on warm
Photographer Credit: Shawn Baldwin
Eric Byron is ready for your request.
A self appointed, early century disc jockey Eric fills his corner of the
park with sounds from another place and time. If a song was recorded before
1930, Eric probably has it, or something close. And if no one passes by to
listen, he cranks up his machine for himself.
One weekend, The Kitchen Sisters, radio producers Nikki Silva and Davia
Nelson followed the faded sounds of opera, drifting across the park to
Some of the recordings featured in this piece:
Caruso's "M'appare", c1906.
"El Mole Rachim" (Prayer for the Dead) a Hebrew song, by
Josef Rosenblatt the "King of Cantors" for the passengers of the Titanic
that perished at sea, c. 1912-1915
The Mad Scene from the opera "Lucia" by the soprano Amelita Galli-Curci
"Willie the Weeper" by Louis Armstrong, c.1928.
"How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On the Farm After They've Seen
Paris" by Arthur Fields, c.1919
"How Are You Goin to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole Darn World Goes Dry" by
Billy Murray, c. 1919
Mixed by Tom Corwin and Jim McKee, Earwax
Field recording by Jim Anderson
Special Thanks to Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert, David
Isay, and Rachel Day.
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