November 30, 2009 at 9:17 AM
When asked what she wanted for Christmas, she didn't even hesitate: "A string quartet."
"...Oh," they would respond, with furrowed brow--perhaps trying to envision the foursome tucked picturesquely under the tree, caroling away. How would one wrap such a present, anyway? She answered, "With duct tape, of course."
Yes, duct tape would do just fine. Using precision when making incisions with her handy pocket knife, she could extract the cellist without losing more than a couple of bow hairs, maybe an eye. The filler items--viola and second--would be left in their packaging for later, when post-holiday boredom struck. And the first violin? "I already have one," she would explain on the telephone when inquiring about the cost of return shipping.
When my brother or I wanted a pet, my parents would lecture me about responsibility. "Do you at least know what they eat?"
may your wish be fulfilled.
I just assumed they ate people food. Table scraps?
If lucky. You understand the lif eof a quartet all too well.
Thank God for $1.00 menus!!!!!!!!
That's if we eat at all. Playing hungry is good for aesthetic understanding, right? You have to feel the suffering...
funnily enough that was one of Auer@sd criteria for whethe ror not one could become a great solosit: to have experienced hunger.
Me, I usually get peckish at around 10.30. Must be a bloody genius.
You are all so funny!!! Duc tape? excellent way to feel the 'suffering" (I was going to add and a cheap way to do one's legs as well : ) (as you unrap them...) Perhaps hunger is milder!
dunno why you guys do yer legs. Lots of blokes couldn`t care less. Don`t want to harm the duct tape industry though....
Oh I thought I saw Emily on survivor ....
We're not talking about four calling birds, are we?
The Callingbird quartet. I like the sound of it. Okay, Callingbird quartet it is.
I finally got old enough and prosperous enough to rent one (Buy is way out of reach.) . They are great. For sure when they are worth paying for they don't lose their place so I am the only one I have to worry about. I hope the Christmas wish is realized.
Someday, I will be rich and I will buy talented friends who will play with me. Cellist, violinist--one of each in my shopping cart... probably check the bargain barn for the violist...
Please be sure to let us know when you get rich. I am sure the folks here have some good ideas about where you can buy the other three musicians and even where you might find a violist.
Can we choose the modal, let's say I want to buy a "Slava" type modal as a cellist to play duets with and a "Oistrakh" modal as well to play the Bach concerto... The two of them could play the Brahms double concerto while I do my homework! Is this too expensive : )
I once watched a tv program where a reject who wanted to impress a girl paid guys to play with him so that the girl would think had a band!!! But when she discovered it... (of course he just happened to be a reject in the moovie. Paying for an accompagnist or quartet has nothing to do with "rejectness" as many top musicians do it! )
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