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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Blood On The Sax

Late one afternoon, the sun was shining - and I realised that my attempts to get my tonguing technique right during saxophone practice were becoming over-enthusiastic: the underside of the reed was damp with red saliva.
Note to commenters: jokes about bodily fluids and unprotected sax are inevitable, so you'd better go ahead & make them . . .


Anonymous Lex said...

Compare, if you will, the American-football defensive back Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers. His reputation for toughness stemmed in part from his having the tip of one injured finger amputated rather than missing a game.

You both are old school. And that's a compliment on both sides of the water.

1/5/07 8:02 pm  
Anonymous Lex said...

Also, I kind of like the image of your situation as a solution to a round of the table game Clue: The perpetrator was Mr. Graham ... in the parlor ... with the saxophone. I think a cricket-like swing of the sax could indeed be lethal. Whyn't you try that out on the next obnoxious individual at one of your performances?

1/5/07 8:05 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Lex - much appreciated: you are, as ever, too kind. I just can't help but feel that in my case the existence of even a scintilla of musical talent would be worth more than a whole load of mere industriousness

3/5/07 1:44 pm  
Blogger Viking Longship said...

Please, please, please, lock it in a safe place and put the keys somewhere where you can't get them until after our visit next weekend.

4/5/07 3:31 pm  

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