Saturday, September 08, 2007

      ( 10:48 PM ) teahouse
Occupational Perils

I played a music gig this weekend, and all I can say is ... Wow, it was really grueling.

It was an outdoor concert, set on an outdoor stage. And it was super hot, and yet windy at the same time.

So for the entire rehearsal and concert, the sun was beating down on us, and shining straight in my eyes.

I couldn't see the music for part of the performance because of the glare. When the glare wasn't an issue, my music was blowing off my stand. Dozens of clothespins didn't seem to keep it attached.

On top of that, it was about 90 degrees all day.

I discovered that it's no fun to play a wind instrument when you're sweating profusely. Two things alternately happen:

(1) Sweat trickles down your face and into your eyes, thus stinging horribly and rendering you blind and unable to read the music.

(2) Sweat trickles down your face and onto your mouth, thus turning it into a slick pool to which an instrument's mouthpiece cannot adhere and stay in a fixed position. Hence, your instrument starts sliding around on your face, and you lose your emboucher and can't play.

Yeah, for the whole concert I was alternately blinking, sputtering and trying to wipe the sweat off my head.

Most embarrassingly, at the end of the performance, the conductor pointed to the soloists to stand up and bow. As I couldn't see the conductor clearly through my stinging eyes, I thought he was pointing at all of us (including me). So I stood up.

Then, looking around and realizing that EVERYONE else was still sitting, I realized the faux pas I made. Through the glare I think I was the conductor glaring at my impertinence. Trying to sit back down, I missed the chair and nearly knocked over my music stand. How embarrassing!

Yes, I did for a moment in the past consider quitting law and pursuing a career as a professional musician. But after this particular gig, I've decided not to quit my day job!



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