In honor of our Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Festival that is coming up on June 23rd, I thought I would share my vast knowledge about cars. Now before you get too excited, let me be the first to say that I have never changed a tire, nor even my own oil, but, hey!, I have been driving for a long time and with a really clean record. Not convinced? Well, keep reading and then you can be the judge.
Many moons ago, I was the flute instructor at the Cazadero Performing Arts camp in Northern California for seven summers. One summer evening, a wind trio from the San Francisco Symphony came and performed at the camp. After a delightful set, the musicians of the trio stayed on stage and opened up for a Q & A. After a number of questions like “How did you get so good?” and “Is this your day job?” were asked, one young student inquired “Do you ever make a mistake?” The clarinetist of the group said frankly “All of the time.” He went on to explain by describing a recent recording session of one of the San Francisco Symphony’s Mahler recordings. There was a small section of just a few measures that were just “not right”. So, after the whole set was done, the musicians went back into the studio and re-recorded the measures for an hour to make it sound perfect on the finished album.