Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ouch, and True

Forwarded by violinist Marcy Vaj:

Dave runs into Bob on the street in Manhattan. "Bob! I haven't seen you in years! What have you been up to?"

Bob says, "Well, when we last worked together, I was playing tenor and soprano."
Dave says, "Yeah I remember that."
Bob says, "Well, I started writing for that band."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, and then I published a bunch of the charts for student bands."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, and it worked out pretty well, and I started getting commissions."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, and then I started writing for the Kenton and Herman bands."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, it worked out pretty well. Then I got in touch with some Hollywood guys, and I started writing for pop records."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "That went pretty well, and I actually got nominated for a Grammy for writing."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "That went pretty well, and I started writing for movie soundtracks."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, and I got nominated for an Oscar for my writing on a feature film."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah, it was pretty cool. Once I got nominated, the writing work really started pouring in."
Dave says, "Really? I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Yeah - amazing. Pop groups, studio sessions, commercials, new bands, diva singers, everything."
Dave says, "Really? That's amazing. I never heard about that."
Bob says, "Well, but the problem was, I really let my sax chops slide."
Dave says, "Really?"
Bob says, "In fact, I'm in town to receive another writing award, and I just sat in this morning at a jam session down in the Village."
Dave says, "Really?"
Bob says, "Yeah, and it didn't go too well - I've been away from the horn for quite a while."
Dave says, "Really."
Bob says, "So, I took a couple of solos, and they weren't very good."
Dave says, "Yeah, I heard about that."

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