Has anybody heard from these guys lately? I heard them in 2008 and was fairly impressed. All the information I can find online is now over a decade old.
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One other thing that I remembered happening on Easter Sunday, second service. For the Hallelujah Chorus, they invite anyone who has ever sang it to come up front and join in singing it. Nobody turns around and stares at me when I start to play, usually.
This time there were two little girls who came up with Mom ( I am guessing ), and I was so tickled when they turned around as if they heard the ice cream truck coming down the street, biggest smiles on their faces. They probably couldn’t see me in the back of the crowded platform when they first came up, so when I started in it was a total surprise to them. As I said, the grownups are too proper, and, well, grown up to turn and stare. I bet it was all they could do not to. I'm glad I get to stand behind the bell, rather than in front of it........just saying.
The 10,000 hour rule just doesn't wash (It's been debunked so many times, I can't count all of them. Just Google it.). It took me at best 30 hours of concentrated effort to train my dog to understand and do commands ( however, for those who own a dog, training never stops). What I think is slipping under the radar, is that people with skills like Elmer are often driven to play, almost like a compulsion. People like that do not see the trumpet and what it takes to be good as an enormous amount of hard, concentrated work. They are like a child compelled to play with a new toy and if they aren't playing the trumpet, they're thinking about trumpet. They just can't leave the trumpet alone. There are people on this site that know exactly what I mean and for those that don't, that's okay. Trumpet, for a few, is a drug. Most people do not want to face the dragon of practicing and only practice when they have to. However, for some people, practicing the horn is a drug and their dragon is figuring out how some piece or piece of a song goes.