Friday, July 23, 2010

Your Mental Sorbet: United Breaks Guitars & Northwest Breaks Dulcimers

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and Dave Carroll's Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. He discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didnt deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people he communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate him for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation that he would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world.

On June 14th, 2009 - Northwest Airlines baggage handlers damaged my friend Bing Futch's Folkcraft double-neck dulcimer on flight 2363 from Detroit, MI to Ft. Wayne, IN. Many people requested that Bing write a song about the situation, much like Tom Paxton did in his tune "Thank You Republic Airlines." (Read the gory details here: Dave Carroll released the video for "United Breaks Guitars", Bing saw an opportunity for even more awareness in the area of baggage handling guidelines for airlines, not to mention perhaps an opportunity to have Northwest finally hear his story out and pay for the damages inflicted by their ground crew. "Only A Northwest Song" was written and recorded on Friday, July 10th with the video following later that night.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

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