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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Second Bassoon

Life must be rough when there's only two of you, and you're always number two. It might be ok if you're roughly on a par, and the other guy got the nice chair because he got there first, sort of like a permanent older brother, but when you're number two because you really are a number two, ie you ain't good enough, it must really rankle. And imagine if this situation happens in a public arena, like being in an orchestra, and you're the designated number two. The other guy gets to play all the big solos, he gets the nod from the conductor, waves from the crowd, and you're just sitting there, instrument in hand, looking like a total goose, fuming.

It's enough to make you go write a blog, isn't it? Strange story be told, we have a second bassoonist in a London orchestra who has done this, and the blog is called ... Second Bassoon. Imaginative, hey? Well, he ain't second bassoon for nothing, and I've been reading all about sticky pads, and water in finger holes, and pull throughs, getting your bassoon through airport security, and Rossini wrote a Bassoon Concerto?

Totally useless knowledge for a pianist here.