Thursday Thirteen: Oracle


1. My Sunday Scribblings this week was the story of Mitchell being allowed a chance to play the famed Oracle guitar. From the scant comments, most of you missed a doozy.

2. The Oracle used to belong to Soul Bendorff.

3. Read more about Soul here.

4. Like his dark blue suede vests, the Oracle was his trademark.

5. He set one on fire every night, at the end of every set.

6. He used that guitar to redefine music.

7. The magic Soul created was part of what made Mitchell pick up the guitar in the first place.

8. The Oracle disappeared for many years after Soul’s death.

9. It finally reappeared at a Christie’s Auction.

10. It sold that first time for $300,000 or so.

11. The MBA developer-cum-memorabilia-collector named Jeff bought it for more than that. But less than it’s currently valued at.

12. Which makes me wonder why he’s offering to give it to Mitchell. But he is. It’s a sincere offer.

13. Just more of the magic of music.



  1. Tracie

    November 19, 2009 3:12 am

    Good for Mitchell for getting everything in writing!

    I wonder where the Oracle was during it’s disappearance…..?

    Happy TT!
    .-= Tracie´s last blog ..-Thursday Thirteen #7 =-.

  2. Shelley Munro

    November 19, 2009 3:56 am

    I can see why Mitchell would like that guitar.
    .-= Shelley Munro´s last blog ..Sexy Pantyhose =-.

  3. Hootin' Anni

    November 19, 2009 8:35 am


    My 13 is notations of a special holiday song…how long will it take you to figure out what song it is? You’ll need to scroll down a bit below my Thursday Thunks to find my 13 –they are posted if you’d like to stop by for a visit today….HERE

    Have a great Thursday.

  4. harriet

    November 19, 2009 9:03 am

    $300,000- WOW!!!!
    .-= harriet´s last blog ..Thank goodness for Friends! =-.

  5. Adelle Laudan

    November 19, 2009 11:24 am

    Very kewl! I’ll have to read further.
    Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog .. =-.

  6. Alice Audrey

    November 19, 2009 12:48 pm

    That was quite the post, too. Love it.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..123/365 And One More =-.

  7. Brenda ND

    November 19, 2009 3:25 pm

    I think Mitchell should have the Oracle. How magical.
    .-= Brenda ND´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Feasts: Facts you may want to gobble up! =-.

  8. Tracie

    November 19, 2009 3:28 pm

    Granny Rain Bonnet Porn….is definitely the most random one I have heard of!

    I promise that I only wrote about the peanuts one time!

    I want to read your fictional account of peanut-obsessed people! 🙂
    .-= Tracie´s last blog ..-Thursday Thirteen #7 =-.

  9. CalicoCrazy

    November 19, 2009 6:06 pm

    Never trust a guitar that disappears and then reappears on its own.
    .-= CalicoCrazy´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #16 – More Music =-.

  10. Celticlibrarian

    November 19, 2009 7:46 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a magical guitar, especially in Mitchell’s hands. 😀

    P.S. I’m back from vacation.
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 Books I’ve Been Meaning to Read =-.

  11. Ann

    November 19, 2009 7:49 pm

    Very cool list, Susan. Loved how Mitchell got to play the Oracle (and I do know where the Oracle was- but if I told you I’d have to kill you 🙂 ).

    P.S. My TTs are posted on the dayjob blogs:
    and (the YA blog)
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Weather Update and Pictures =-.

  12. Julia Smith

    November 19, 2009 8:41 pm

    How dream-come-true for Mitchell!

    By the way, I applaud your reply to the 2009 male list of best writers. I’d join in – but I don’t read enough. I know, I know – I do all those book reviews. After NaNo, maybe…
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – 133 – 13 Random Shots From 2009 =-.

  13. gel

    November 19, 2009 9:47 pm

    Expensive tunes! Magical guitar sounds cool.
    .-= gel´s last blog ..Insomnia No-No’s =-.

  14. PopArtDiva

    November 19, 2009 11:57 pm

    Magic Guitars are the stuff of my dreams in the sixties – too many nights of Purple Haze and a crush on Jim Morrison, lol.

    Thanks for stopping by my post on 13 reasons why I started to paint the old fashioned way again!
    .-= PopArtDiva´s last blog ..Why I Started Painting Again – Digital Art vs. "Real World" Art =-.

  15. Thomma Lyn

    November 20, 2009 1:52 pm

    Magic of music: oh, yes!

    I’m sorry I haven’t visited as often — I still love ya. Time’s been getting away from me something fierce, and I have to wonder if participation in NaNoWriMo causes time compression. 😉
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Long Time, No Blog…. =-.

  16. carol

    November 20, 2009 2:59 pm

    I wasn’t sure if the offer was sincere or if he had some agenda.

  17. Jannie Funster

    November 20, 2009 7:04 pm

    Wow, really? He’s offering to GIVE it to Mitchell? But what is money but hours and hours of toil, a mere representation of the illusion we call time — time we feel is so fleeting but we actually have an infinite supply of??

    I picked up my guitar the other day but didn’t really feel like playing it. What, if anything, could be wrong with me?

    No songs are making me happy today. I just wanted to stay in bed with a big pumpkin pie and a can of Reddiwhip, but I had to go driving in the rain to get something notarized.

    I haven’t had a haircut in 6 months.

    Still, there is good in all situations and I may indeed find a song to please me in the next 30 minutes on my drive to fetch my angel daughter.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Bag Children At The Park =-.

  18. Nessa

    November 21, 2009 11:16 am

    I think it might be dangerous to accept that gift.

    Silly Saturday #7 – Charm or Chores?
    .-= Nessa´s last blog ..Silly Saturday #7 – Charm or Chores? =-.

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