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Apple Apple (Single)

by Harmonica Pocket



This song was written on a ukulele on Nala's birthday on the beach. We were walking with a gaggle of friends and our party stumbled onto another party. For a while we made one big, confused party.

Our new friends were using a coconut to knock down some homemade bowling pins. One thing led to another and pretty soon we were singing this song. At the time and for a while, the words to the first verse were "Come a coconut." And we sang a bunch of other tropical fruit names like "Papaya" and "Banana."

After thinking about it I realized the song needed a "rule" for other people to be able to sing it -- that each note in the melody should get one syllable. At that point I discovered that the way the melody is concocted, you can sing two, three, four, and six syllabled words neatly within the melody. To sing a five syllable word you need to add an extra beat into the melody, and that's how the song ends on the album -- by counting to 5!

We have fun with this song at shows, pulling words out of dictionaries and seeing if we can sing them.




released August 14, 2012
Keeth Monta Apgar - guitars, vocals, toy piano
Nala Walla - vocal harmony
Steve Grandinetti - drums, vibraslap, guiro, tambourine
PK - stand up bass
Jon Ryser - alto and bari saxophones
Sasha (age 3) - vocals



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Harmonica Pocket Port Townsend, Washington

The Harmonica Pocket is all about swinging acoustic story songs sprinkled with hula hoop and dance. Their music is recorded at Apple Tree Studio -- a solar-powered recording studio on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest. They sing about sunshine, dirty fingernails, and monsters, love Woody Guthrie and Dr. Seuss, and eat a lot of ice cream. ... more

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