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Crazy Christians

Posted in Family, Inspirational, Music with tags , , , , , on November 23, 2010 by robcassels

Wow the church we love,”where my Hammond B3,” hangs out annointed Sherry and myself with oil Sunday and prayed God’s guidance,protectiion,and will be done on our trip to Europe.

We feel blessed to have this opportunity and cherish all your prayers.The treasure in the field is Christ himself. What gace he has placed upon us to know him.Last year when we got to go to Portugal to play at “Rock on Christmas,”Sherry and I felt a real purpose that all our lives have come to that point.After spending time with the crazy “Hurst family,”we felt convinced we were not the only crazy people on Earth.Also spent time with Andrew Jones and his family,they live like in a “Yellow Submarine,”existence.A crazy looking Iveco four wheel drive motor home they travel around Europe in.

Now I have this to ponder.Can following Jesus make you crazy?At least in the worlds view.We leave November 27th outa Greenville SC and fly to Lisbon.We come back December 21 st outta Milan.Please pray God will make many people “CRAZY,” about him.

We kinda look Portuguese

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The Hammond B3 organ and the Blues #2

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by robcassels

Got request to explain how the organ works.Fist of all the Hammond is not really an “electronic” instrument.It works more like an old electric guitar.I just love things you have to crank up,like my Harley.On the old Hammond you have a start switch.You can hear it whine a few seconds and then you turn the on switch.The leslie speaker(more on that later),also begins to spin.Now when the tubes warm up it’s ready to rock,no it does’t shake or anything.

The reason the organ is more like an electric guitar is it works off all these wheels turning.The wheels have metal bumps on them that pass through an electro magnet.As it spins the more the bumps the higher the pitch of that tone.The result is like a flute tone.All these turn together and with the drawbars you can increase and decrease the harmonics.It has millions of slight variations.The best part is the percussion,allowing you to choose a third or second harmonic to “pop” off the note.

Now the leslie speaker is phenominal.On slow speed it is like a celestial sound and on fast it’s like totally excited and thrashing.All in all people just love the real thing the “Hammond B3.”This sound is as famous as the sound of the electric guitar.There is one in every real recording studio all over the US.Next time you hear a Gospel or old Yes tune with Rick Wakeman on organ or Need to Breathe or Allman Brothers ect.,Know that the Hammond helped put them on the charts.