Greetings From Coney Island

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Memories of a lost place and time, and the confession of a dubious honor I share with my late father.

This is a re-issue of a show I did in 2007. My original intention was to also release a video version, but I only got about a third of it done when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to come up with enough footage to complete it. So I abandoned it. However, I think that 1st third came out pretty good so I have decided that for this reissue I would make the unfinished video available for the first time.

Video Flotsam: Greetings From Coney Island from P.W. Fenton on Vimeo.

Only one bit of music to credit and link to. I was doing all kinds of searches trying to find songs about Coney Island. There were slim pickin’s… nothing I liked. Just for the heck of it I searched on “cyclone” thinking maybe I could find something that might fit. Much to my amazement I found a song called “On The Cyclone”… and it was only 23 seconds long. It was perfect… it had to be about THE Cyclone… and it was short (because this will also become a video I didn’t want to play any whole songs). When I played it for the first time I was dumbfounded. The lyrics reflected the exact experience I had just related when I recorded this show. I still don’t believe it. I want to meet this guy. His name is Casey Holford and it’s from his album “All Young And Beautiful

The rest of the music is of course the theme provided by 3 Blind Mice, and a bunch of mechanical merry-go-round music I collected in the past. I have no idea who to credit.

As promised, here is a picture of a guy doing the "stand up" in the front car of the Cyclone.

As promised, here is a picture of a guy doing the "stand up" in the front car of the Cyclone.

Here is a birds eye view of some of the sights mentioned in the story.  On the right is the "Parachute Jump".  The large building on the lower left is "Steeplchase Park".  The roller coaster visible on the left is the "Thunderbolt".

Here is a birds eye view of some of the sights mentioned in the story. On the right is the "Parachute Jump". The large building on the lower left is "George C. Tilyou's Steeplechase Park". The roller coaster visible on the left is the "Thunderbolt".

Me and my dad at Busch Gardens. He was in his 70s and I was in my 50s. That was our last roller coaster ride together.

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