Saturday morning rant
–Ron Andrico to his lute,
Thursday 6th October 2011
Having filmed our concert for public television just last night, and having had the experience of half the pegs of an eight-course lute spontaneously letting go in the middle of a song in front of a largish live audience with cameras rolling, we thought we would invite others to add their own stories this week.
When lute pegs slip and strings go slack, it takes a considerable length of time for the strings to settle back to a stable pitch. A considerable time. This can not only create a bit of awkwardness in television studios but can also drive a normally calm musician to fantasize about converting a cherished lute into very small bits and subjecting it to the composting process.
We all know the reason for this sort of maddening event. The change in temperature and humidity that results from transporting a lute from the rustic homestead (after what has been an extremely wet summer) to the climate control and bright lights of the television studio tends to foster a bit of resentment in the old bundle of timber. But I ask, is it fair? Is it just? Is anyone looking for a harmonica player?
Have your pegs ever caused you grief and embarrassment by going on strike at a crucial and very public moment? Misery loves company: we invite you to share your favorite horror stories on the comment thread below.