The most obsessive things we’ve done in the name of Music.
I was watching martial arts videos on Youtube and came across a story about how Bruce Lee got kicked out of his martial arts school. Apparently he would play pranks on his peers, like lying to them that practices were cancelled so he could have private lessons with the instructor. Though I was never so competitive myself, (yikes!) this made me think of some of the ridiculous things I’ve done in the name of music, that could’ve been considered at least a little obsessive.
I think what takes the cake is an experience I had when I was in grade school. There was a musical that my private piano teacher was directing and the rehearsals were after school. Somehow I ended up not having a ride home, so I started walking from school with one of my classmates(who was walking home) to the church where the rehearsals were. At some point in our walk I felt like I was going to be late for the rehearsal, so I panicked and just started running! And I kept running, for 2 miles, until I got to the property. When getting back to school the next day, I apologized to my classmate for deserting her and she was all laughs about it: “You kept running until I couldn’t even see you anymore! I thought it was hilarious!”. Something just snapped, and I refused to be late to that rehearsal.
Another ridiculous thing… when working for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: There was a fiddle solo that I kept hearing on the radio while I was working, but it was an instrumental so I had no way of tracking it. I called corporate to try and find out what it was, and they told me to mark the date and time I heard the music and they would be able to find it for me. Shift after shift would go by, and I didn’t hear the solo again. After buying two CDs from the store, I still didn’t find the music. So I went to work on an off day and sat on the porch and listened to the radio waiting for the song to play. I think I sat there for 4 hours, but to no avail. One day, I had to be at work for opening at 6:00 a.m. Then, low and behold, I finally heard the solo again. I marked the day and time, called corporate back, and boom there it was. It was the intro of a song on one of the CDs they sold, but they never played the actual song. Only the solo. They would play a different song from the same album. This was over 10 years ago and I still have the intro and the song in my collection to this day.
Do you know of any stories of wild and crazy things that have been done in the name of music, or do you have any of your own that aren’t too embarrassing to share?