HE PLAYED SPOONS AND BONES…
If you are ever in Tombstone Arizona I hope you get to see and hear “Johnny Bones.” I really don’t know what to call him. Is he an Actor, a Musician, a Performer, or a Clown? Whatever you choose, I can tell you he is talented. I don’t know what motivates a man to dance and play in the hot Arizona sun. Is it money, love of the attention, or just a little bit of crazy?
A music box was playing somewhere out of sight; his feet are pounding on the boards; the spoons (in his right hand and the bones in the left) shouted out syncopated rhythm that grabbed your attention. His clothing accomplished the same. He didn’t speak. He didn't sing. He just smiled and played. Most people stepped into the street and passed him by while he stomped the boards in beat to his own sounds. His smiling expression didn’t change as I took several shots and moved on. I wonder if anyone just stopped and listened – I didn’t see any that day. I didn’t see a donation money box or bag around him. Even if there was a money box, he was only the side show for those looking forward to the OK Corral and a major gunfight. The tourists were saving their money for the big show. I wonder if the real gunfight at the OK Corral was a carnival like main-event or was it just down and dirty, devoid of other attractions? Everyone knew what was about to happen. Was there a town fool or a town drunk who tried to distract the people from the murder that was about to happen? Or is the Spoon and Bones player just comic relief like Otis, on the Andy Griffith show or Foster Brooks on those “Celebrity Roast” shows. The Spoons and Bones Player had just a bit part in the whole of Tombstone, but he was important.
Do you ever feel like a bit player? See yourself in the WHOLE.
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