Stop! Even if you aren't a musician I know you have a soft spot for real innovation.
My good friend, Eric the Swede and his concert cohorts from the Philadelphia Orchestra are dazzling the eardrums of European classical music aficionados as I write.
But not without innovating along the way.
I received the following smug humble email from His LowBrassness:
"Steve: So here is the conundrum Blair and I faced:
A low C# with Harmon mute for me.
A low D with Harmon mute for him.
Both of us were required to go from covered to open and back.
Normally one covers the mute with one's left hand, but both of our notes required us to operate the valves with our left hands.
My note is way out in 6th position. (Ed. Note: that is about 300 yards from one's shoulder).
The parts for this piece came to us from another major orchestra, and had penciled notes from the trombonists there claiming that these notes were not possible with Harmon mute. I can't believe they didn't see the obvious solution:"
(L): Sartorial Swede Eric Carlson wearing the light gray socks and rubber-soled shoes with formal attire, but innovatively nailing the heretofore "unplayable" notes.
(R): Brassy Blair Bollinger, clearly appalled at his partner's choice of pedi-wear but feeling good about their contribution to Brassdom.
Second editor's note: As a proud (and now even prouder) native Philadelphian, I must point out that the penciled-in "this can't be done" notations came from an orchestra headquartered on Michigan Avenue in a windy Midwestern city. This has all the makings of a white-tie-and-tails Reality TV Wagnerian smackdown.
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