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Courthouse Fiesta Clock Tower
updated: Aug 04, 2012, 10:00 AM

By The Urban Hikers

The Courthouse is decked out in its usual Fiesta décor, with large a banner that has roughly the same color scheme as both the official flag of Santa Barbara and the Spanish flag, but it isn’t either. It does, however have an image of the tower that St. Barbara is said to have been locked up in, but we digress because that’s not the point of this story…There’s another “enhancement” at the Courthouse this year and it's new. It involves the clock chimes.

Beginning on the first day of Fiesta 2012, and ending at its closing on Sunday night, each time the clock at the Courthouse strikes – on the hour, on the half, and at the quarter hour - rather than hearing the familiar “bong”, what you hear now is the strum of a guitar playing something that sounds like the opening of a Flamenco piece.

At 1:00 you'll hear just one strum and at 11:00 you'll hear eleven strums...every hour gets a corresponding number of strums. The half and quarter hours get a couple of strums each. We spoke with a docent at the Courthouse who explained that the Fiesta clock chimes “are courtesy of Bryan”. We think the little riff sounds a lot like it was created by the same person who occasionally plays the lovely guitar music in the parking garage on State Street. Bryan, is that you?

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