- I just had one of those "it's a small world" coincidences that makes
research so much fun.
I got an email today from a part-time bookseller out East who has
come across a Blanding rarity. It's a hand-made book containing
printed copys of Blanding's Fort Pierce newspaper columns that he
wrote from 1941-42. It's inscribed by Blanding to his mother-in-law.
I'm not sure if it's a one-of-a-kind book, or if he had several made
This bookseller asked me where I lived, and I told him Colorado
Springs. He said he would be in Colorado Springs in early August for
a bookseller's Conference. I asked him where it was being held, he
replied that it would be at Colorado College (which is where I work!)
So we're going to meet in a few weeks and I'll more than likely buy
the book from him.
I just think it's great how things come together and seem to work out
like they were meant to be.
- The Blanding homemade scrapbook:
Wow! Talk about planets aligning!
Yes, those kind of things are the little jewels that we are given from time
to time in our collecting. I'm really happy for you. I can imagine your
And to think it would be you who made the contact...there's no such thing as
Thank you, you rat, for the "Manuela Boy" music. Now, I'm not only going
around half-a....d singing "Manuela Boy, my dear boy..." but now I've got
the doggone melody spinning around, too! Ha ha! As a matter of fact, I
decided to just pop "Manuela Boy" into Google and you would be amazed at the
things that popped up. I signed up with a steel string/slack key quitar
site which is based stateside but has a lot of Hawaiian posters and they
sorts of subjects to click on, from modern to old-time Hawaiian stuff. You
might like it.
The posting covering "Manuela Boy" I found was dated 5/12/02 but I posted
under a new topic as many versions of the song had been posted, and you
could tell they were contemporary as the lyrics were a little too raunchy
for the 1920-1930 version! I asked any "golden oldies" there if they knew
my version and I typed what little I knew.
I did remember "Sister goes with a malahini boy", not the brother goes with
a malahini girl. I
still can't remember what the brother did. Hope someone there will respond.
Anyway, if you type in Taropatch.net
you will get the slack key guitar site and in typing in "Manuela Boy" you
will see a lot of funny lyrics to this old time song which the posters refer
to as the Hawaiian campfire song! Boy! I love the internet!
You get as carried away as I do on the internet. I'll go online to
look up say who directed a certain film in 1927...and then I'll go
off on several tangents until I'm reading about a tiny village in
Northern Spain or something...knowledge is contagious.
Well, as a follow-up to the earlier email, my New England bookseller
emailed me back and is willing to give me the Blanding scrapbook free
if I pick him up from the airport in Denver. So we will both benefit
from the exchange ...he'll get his ride...and I'll get a one-of-a-
kind Blanding treasure...for the price of half a tank of gas.
- Sorry you other Blandingites. I forgot I was on the Yahoo! site. Keith's
right - one hunt runs into another and here I am - 10 hours later... still
on the hunt for the older lyrics to a Hawaiian song. Sounds like a super
deal to me, Keith! K