"If I don't believe in solipsism, who will?" - Al Batt

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

LP Cures Another Bad Habit

I have known LP all my life. I knew him as a young child. I worked with him for 30+ years. I have breakfast with him once a week. After all of these years you wouldn't think there would be many surprises left. You'd be wrong. He can still regularly throw me a curve.

When LP first started playing the trombone he couldn't reach the long slide positions. I remember visiting their home and having his father requesting a song or two from young LP and his older sister Dolly (clarinet?) to entertain the guests. As he got older he played in bands. He knew the name of every major professional trombone player who ever lived. He particularity loved Dixieland. Eventually the trombone moved to the closet, coming out only when he had had a little to drink. Late in the evening at parties he would feel the music coming on and go home to retrieve the sliding brass beast. I think the longest was a 50 mile round trip. Now that is passion.

Last Saturday at breakfast I asked him if he had seen some music program on television. He said no, he doesn't listen to any music now, not even on the car radio! How can this be? It's like an artist deciding he's not going to paint again. Okay, maybe that's a bad example. But how can a one time musician completely divorce himself from music, giving it all up like a bad habit?  Another curve ball.


Echelon 133 said...


Easy answer to that. You get bored or scared. I played golf since I was 6 and on the team in college, after I graduated I didn't pick up the sticks for a solid 5 years. As for the Art thing my major was painting and sculpting. I haven't done a piece of sculpture since college and in that same time frame I have done exactly two paintings (and I have been told I'm pretty good). I don't know about LP but sometimes a fear of failure is always there or you can't live up to your own expectations. It is the deamon that all artist live with. I know it haunts me!

BTW as for the golf thing I have ironed out thank god. A couple beers and a choice cigar while playing 18 and if I get a smooth 79 0r 80 I am one happy camper.

Oh yes hanging over the door of the head of my art department was this saying in latin "Aris longa, Vita brevis" Art is long, life is short.

Sorry to take up so much band width, hope that explains a little of it.


Gunnar Berg said...

Bored would be my guess.

Echelon 133 said...

I'm curious. Why don't you ask LP?