Sunday, September 9, 2012

And We Call It "Playing" Music

wrap up home time
review gig details
check instrument
deal with tuxedo
load car
abandon family at suppertime
log mileage
drive 20 minutes
load in gear
assemble gear
soundcheck 2 hrs. before gig
tune
find the beat
interpret symbols
match the eighth-note
tune to 2nd tenor
find the beat
match the quarter note
listen for the ride
sight-read changes
listen for the lead alto
sight-read soli
worry about what players think
tune to 3rd trombone
interpret symbols
find the beat
match the eighth note
worry about what listeners think
tune to 2nd tenor
listen for the chords
tune for major third
end note
end set
find the bathroom
find the bar
make small talk
network
be funny
hurry back
form opinions of listeners
run out of ideas to play on old-timey dominant chord changes
accidentally transpose changes
listen for the lead trumpet
problems turning pages
tune to lead alto
re-tune for minor second
find the beat
match the eighth note
form opinions of players
listen for tempo
cut tongue on reed
adjust strap
search for meaning
change angle of mouthpiece
interpret symbols
find the beat
match the quarter note
widen vibrato
even out vibrato
awkward silence between tunes
self-criticize
ignore self-criticism
back hurts
no vibrato
start the note
end the note
start the note
end the note
shape the phrase
match the phrasing
watch for cutoff
play that old Brecker lick on the funk tune
abandon tonality in the altissimo
tune to 2nd alto
find the beat
match vibrato to lead alto
listen for the ride
match phrasing to lead trumpet
end note
end gig
disassemble gear
ingratiate self
say goodbyes
question value
drive home
log mileage
reconnect
unwind

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