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    dots Submission Name: Bass Clarinet (the Beast)dots
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    Author: VanillaLeaves
    Elite Ratio:    4.1 - 101/110/23
    Words: 181
    Class/Type: Poetry/Misc
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       Me and my Bass Clar, what else is there to say?


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    dotsBass Clarinet (the Beast)dots
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    Day after day
    in the study
    surrounded by the dense
    foliage of torn band folders,
    buffeted by the spotted
    wings of stray sheet music
    and smeared
    with the translucent
    defecation of almost empty
    cork grease bottles,
    I, like a herpetologist
    trying to resuscitate
    a black silver-keyed
    anaconda, attempted
    to play bass clarinet.

    As the mouth piece
    balked between
    my lips sending
    the remains of my ambisure
    scrambling across my cheeks
    and the reed cracked
    into a forked tongue
    that rattled against my gums
    I stretched my hands
    over the great horned snake,
    that swallowed my breath
    in agonized cries
    between the registers.

    The high G hung
    caught between octaves
    Middle Bs were born
    in shuddering vibratos
    that screeched
    to be silenced.
    My fingers slid
    on and off the metal
    and strained to reach
    those side keys
    but always missed
    as the black coils
    wrenched themselves away.

    At last the pure
    and deep blast
    of an open G
    muffled the echoes
    of the shattered
    upper register
    and together
    we marveled at the sound.




    Submitted on 2006-01-06 12:06:21     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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      I've never played clarinet or any woodwind for that matter, but know how difficult it is. Especially bass because to relax your embouchure enough to make the instrument sound is like playing pedal tones most of the time. I played percussion but listened very well.

    I am so glad I came to read this one. Beautiful job expressing the oddities of the instrument and it's player. thanks for sharing,

    Nan
    | Posted on 2006-01-09 00:00:00 | by nansofast | [ Reply to This ]
      Abolutely amazing work here. Love the way this flos and it's humorous and wistful at the same time. A fave!

    Peace,

    Joe
    | Posted on 2006-01-06 00:00:00 | by joeyalphabet | [ Reply to This ]
      you have really brought the bass clarinet to
    life here. it certainly takes a lot of wind and
    finesse to bring the sound to life.. i used to play in a duo, just my guitar and a clarinet.. we got
    some wonderful, eerie sounds together... i am
    a string person myself, so playing any wind
    instrument has me baffled!

    well done, maestro!

    peace,
    ~Cat
    | Posted on 2006-01-06 00:00:00 | by magnicat | [ Reply to This ]
      Oh wow. This was very interesting and the musical connotations you inserted were great.

    herpetologist

    Is that a person who can cure herpes? Cuz I got a couple of friends that can use your help. HA! Just being a dork, sorry.

    This is a nice uplifting write and as always a pleasure to read your work. Cool beans maynard!
    | Posted on 2006-01-06 00:00:00 | by hyproglo | [ Reply to This ]
      lol, that is freakin wonderful! that brought back so many memories of highschool and band practice and trying and trying over and over then the joy of finally getting it right! very very well done. i'm impressed
    | Posted on 2006-01-06 00:00:00 | by treybur | [ Reply to This ]


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