Author: Steve Epstein
Date: 2005-12-24 07:12
Ok, you're not offensive. But you are intense. Which is great. But I felt you had a distaste for Connie's question. Reading your last post I see that you don't.
I too, understand the difference between yucking and klezmer. When I bend a note in a jazzy way, playing tunes for contradances, someone will inevitably tell me it sounds like klezmer. I just smile and say, no, you don't know what real klezmer is. Just because I can bend a note doesn't mean it's klezmer.
I can't play real klezmer, but take pride in the fact that I'm not one of those clarinetists who has to buy a short barrel and maybe have the mouthpiece shortened too because he's always flat, because he has no embouchure, when he schmears, which he always does, because "that's klezmer". No matter what clarinet I play, even the alto I just got, I always have to pull out a bit, even when I'm bending notes. Even when I put the 5JB on my Bb.
Now maybe I'm sounding intense.