By the way, if any readers ever want to submit a story of their own (many have been published here from readers over the years), just email it to me (jasonheath -at- doublebassblog.org) and I’ll put it out. You get a lot of views..
Losing my Anonymity – I think that down deep I always knew that telling ‘tales out of school’ like I do each week on the blog would eventually come back to bite me where the sun don’t shine. Like the code of silence found among musicians (at least until the Penn & Teller era!), most musicians realize that they shouldn’t tell every salacious detail about what happens behind the scenes of a performance, and eventually the karmic balance would come back to haunt me. An unspoken covenant therefore exists among ensemble members about not revealing too much about how things actually went.
Symphony on the Swamp – Some places just aren’t built for classical music concerts. This story is about a curious tradition of the Spoleto USA Festival–an evening concert on the edge of a massive swamp. Darkness…bright lights…giant swamp…read the story to find out what kind of a horror show these factors produce when combined.
They All Started Laughing at Me – Be careful what kind of trivial activities you put on your resume. These innocuous details can come back and bite you when you least expect it. This story is about an incident that caused the entire arts and communication faculty to laugh at me when I was hired for my first university job. And no, they weren’t laughing WITH me…they were laughing AT me!