Oboist Makes Best Reed Since Yesterday

John Man, young oboist and dapper party companion, was thrilled to tell reporter’s about his latest reed.

“I make reeds,” he said. “This reed I made is my best reed that I made, even better than the reed I made yesterday, which was the best reed I had made until I made this reed.”

Man says that nothing gives him quite the same satisfaction as sitting down with his tray of tiny knives, ready to embark on a vigorous session of high-stakes whittling. “I don’t just make reeds; I craft the future.”

His teacher, Dorothy Schnapple, was overjoyed to hear about this latest reed, and is looking forward to hearing about it for almost all of Man’s next lesson. She spoke to us of her elation. “Sometimes I think: ‘is this all there is? Reeds?’ And then I realise that the answer is: yes.”

Bob Guy, one of Man’s many oboe-playing friends, does not much care for reeds or how they are made. “Reeds are just a tool, really,” he said, “one that converts the musical nectar of my mouth into sweet honey for your ears.”

Though Man knows that’s probably true, he is still pretty damn stoked with his latest reed that he made. “Reeds are the most important part of the music for me,” he said. “I make reeds.”

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4 thoughts on “Oboist Makes Best Reed Since Yesterday

  • November 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Excited to have my worst fears confirmed!

  • November 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Of course this is just cribbed from ‘Singer sings best Top C since yesterday’ really – but most entertaining as always!

    • November 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I could write a whole series of these

    • November 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

      And I thought Chad was so original!! Who, may I ask, wrote “Singer sings best Top C since yesterday??” And I wonder why he/she wrote it.

      Kidding aside, Chad, you have put your finger on a very important problem: it’s so easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of playing an instrument that you forget why you play music in the first place. This happens a lot to music teachers (ok, violin teachers) – they get so caught up in the importance of technique that they bore their students to death with technical exercises and never let them play any music. They forget that technique is supposed to serve the music and is not an end in itself. I had a comment just the other day from a mother on one of my posts recounting this very problem her daughter was having with her teacher (and the child is only 7 years old!). So well done again, Chad. Maybe I’ll write a post on, “Teacher has the best student quit since yesterday!” Hmmmmm………..

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