Hobbit howls in the 206


edit to add: I interviewed in short this guy later and he told me he has been a hobbit longer than he has been a musician. I was thinking “smoke-stack lightning” a howling wolf reference mixed with whatver it is in Tolkien’s world that Tom Bombadil smokes.

he said to send him link by sussing “hobbit” and “ukelele” and maybe Washington.

I thought the street music of Seattle was first-rate.

Pipe-weed Lightning?
Smokestack Bombadil? (not actually a hobbit, but a friend of hobbits. Too obscure. Note that in the parody “Bored of The Rings” which wiki attributes to Harvard Lampoon, they call Tom Bombadil “Tim Benzedrine” i.e. he’s a druggie and a hippie. I read it years ago: ball-hog for Balrog. Leg-o-lam for Legolas)

dude, what’s your name?

from his own domain:

i am wanting to either link to picture of adorable puppies born on Shackleton exhibition, or to other street musicians from my Seattle trip or to Isaac Davis “Shoals of Herring” which nearly surfaces a few posts later


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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1 Response to Hobbit howls in the 206

  1. thanks for the shoutout, Mark!

    as a matter of fact, the Howlin’ part of my name is an homage to Howlin’ Wolf. people have been calling me Hobbit since I was 12 (I’m just shy of 57 now) but the Howlin’ wasn’t added until my later 20’s. I walked into a now defunct club in the Pioneer Square area to jam harmonica with Lonnie Williams (aka Dr. Saxophone) and his band. he looked down from the stage and said, “whoa! Howlin’ Hobbit is in the house!”

    As is Tom Bombadil!

    and the rest is, as they say, hysteria.

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