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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000219.txt from 1999/06

From: "Michael Bryant" <michael@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] Movememt of musicians
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 23:02:46 -0400

Until I Saw your Foot by Heather Wastie (recorder)

I thought this music was in four,
Ulntil I saw your foot.
But now I think it must be three,
Or maybe five, I can't quite see.
Or six? Or maybe not.

I thought this piece was rather slow,
Until I saw your foot.
But now I think it's double speed -
Sometimes it's very fast indeed
And other times it's not
.
I thought conductors gave the beat,
Until I saw your foot.
But now I think it rather neat
To look at all the tapping feet
And choose the speed that I prefer,
And play along with him - or her.
I find it helps a lot.

I thought my timing was all wrong,
Until I saw your foot.
Conductors beat both east and west,
But we don't play with all the rest:
We've found a tempo of our own,
And bar by bar, our love has grown.
Oh I was feeling so alone
Until I saw your foot.

Ed Maurey wrote: [04 June 1999 23:11 Movememt of musicians]

>Thru the years I've been informally studying foot tapping at concerts.
>Damned near half of all tappers are nowhere near the beat. Many are
>completely arythmic. It's obvious that the number of potential conductors
>is vast!
>
>Ed Maurey
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>> From: James Leonard Hobby <jhobby@-----.Net>
>> To: klarinet@-----.org
>> Subject: [kl] Movememt of musicians
>> Date: Friday, June 04, 1999 1:03 AM
>>
>> (Or a personal pet peeve of mine,) the flute player sitting beside the
>> podium who taps her foot when she plays, but in NO discernable rhythm, or
>> at least none that relates to the music being played. Periodically, I
>tell
>> her if she has to tap her foot, to please do it in rhythm. Her usual
>> response is: "Was I tapping my foot???"
>>
>> Jim Hobby
>>
>> =============================
>>
>> >From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <kevinfay@-----.com>
>> >The movement of other musicians can be equally as distracting. I'm not
>> >talking about the visual cues passed back and forth in chamber music--I
>mean
>> >the idiot in the row ahead of you who thumps their foot (always loudly)
>> >EXACTLY one-half beat behind the rest of the group, and plays that way
>to
>> >boot. Or the goofball who conducts from the bassoon section, never mind
>> >that there is a perfectly good conductor standing up front. All pet
>peeves.
>>
>>
>>
>>
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