Monday, July 13, 2009

Mr. Mitchell

Bob Mitchell has died. He was, among many other things, the organist for a number of years at the nearby Silent Movie Theatre. Many's the classic I heard him accompany.

The amazing thing is he was around long enough that he actually played for some of those silent classics when they first were released! One thing that old films can do is give you a feel of connection to the past (which is why I, and maybe most people, feel so much more comfortable with all of the 20th century compared to, say, the last half of the 19th century). But with him there, somehow, that connection felt a lot stronger.

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