Monday, November 05, 2007

The Project IV

Isn't that lovely? It's my new bellows. Green leather to match the bag cover, soft padding against the rib cage, and as air tight as you please. Things are definitely looking up. Now that we have all the components, we have moved from the tinkering phase to the practice phase. I.e., what needs to be improved now is not the pipes but the piper. Perfect the bellows technique and then we can fine tune the reeds.

One of the country's finest violinists was late for a performance and he was lost in New York City. Couldn't make heads or tails out of the map. He pulled over near an old Roumanian fruit pedlar and pleaded with him desperately "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" The old man removed his cap, smoothed his white hair, and shook his finger at the violinist, saying "Practice! Practice! Practice!"