The little girl on the horse is Dave Kaspersin's daughter Wendy when she was 7 years old.
More marches, waltzes, and fox trots in this recording of the New Verbeeck Band Organ at Seabreeze Park in Upstate New York. On a hill above scenic Lake Ontario, the music of the band organ can be heard on the breezes drifting over the blue water. Twenty-three tunes bring back the sounds of summer from Seabreeze Park - the whirling carousel and prancing horses spin around to the music of childhood, and this fabulous recording captures the wonderful memories. Grab the popcorn, and come for a ride! This completely digital recording is crystal clear and an oversized insert includes pictures and fond memories of Merrick Price - to whom the album is dedicated. The last song was recorded on the carousel while it was moving - an innovative idea that captures the sensation of really being on the ride is enhanced by wearing headphones. This piece of Americana in music - a must for the audio collector, carousel enthusiast, or fan of mechanical music, is a one-of-a-kind gift item.
Merrick , Allan Mueller and I had spent two days recording the new band organ shortly before Merrick passed away. It was September and it was dark and raining outside for most of both days. When you are recording a Band Organ you can't talk so as each half hour roll played Merrick and I would sit in the red chairs and just listen. Sitting in a dark carousel building, with the rain comeing down out side, recording such beautiful music is an experience that few people can imagine. Both afternoons I noticed Merrick would fall asleep, and shortly after he did so did I. Allan I don't think ever sat down, and stayed right by the Band organ so nothing would go wrong. The rolls on this recording were donated to the park by Matthew Caulfield from the Library of Congress. All four of us really cared about preserving these wonderful rolls and I am glad we will have them for people to enjoy forever.
We tried something new on this recording. The last song on this Album "The Carousel Waltz" was recorded live on the Carousel while it was turning. Terry ran an extension from inside the center of the machine and dropped it over the edge so I would have power while it was turning. I set up my "studio" in one of the Chariots, and placed two microphones on either side of the head of an outside row horse. Merrick would start the Carousel, Allan manned the organ, and I rode the Carousel for the whole time. The effect we achieved makes you feel as if you are rideing on the Carousel, especially if you wear headphones. The Merry Go Round stops with the microphones close to the band Organ. After a short pause (to take on riders) you can hear Merrick ring the bell and we are off for another ride. We actually recorded a half hour of music this way. I was fine until I got off at the end, and then I was so dizzy I couldn't stand. Of course Merrick thought this was quite funny.
Please visit Seabreeze Park and experience this NEW and wonderful Merry Go Round and Band Organ! They are TRULY a Work of Art and a tribute to Mr George Long and his family. Dave Kaspersin June 1st, 1998
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