Topic: Gig stories
Greetings, double-reeders! I know that all of us have some wild stories to share about things that have happened at gigs, so let's hear some. For starters, I'll share something which happened at an outdoor wedding where my quintet played last Friday:
The wedding was held in a large forest park. The bridesmaids arrived via motor vehicle to the clearing where the wedding was to be held (in a very remote area far off the beaten path), and the bride and maid of honor were to arrive via horse-drawn carriage. When we saw the bridesmaids lining up, we began playing the Pachebel Canon, a great piece for those occasions when you don't know how long you will have to play. They marched in and there they stood...and stood...and stood, waiting for the bride. Fortunately we were using an arrangement of the Canon which gave each instrument a few measures of rest every now and then, because this was turning into a marathon by the time the bride showed up -- brought in by someone's car. It seems that the carriage had departed from the lodge on schedule, and they were about 2/3 of the way to the clearing when the horse suddenly DIED! When the bride had not arrived within a reasonable amount of time, someone drove out to investigate. They rescued her and the wedding proceeded without further incident. I am amazed that the poor girl was able to keep her composure -- I think I would have considered it a bad omen and would have turned tail and fled into the forest!
For you veterinary and/or medical types, it seems that the horse had a carotid hemorrhage secondary to guttural pouch mycosis. It was not a pretty sight, but fortunately it was far enough away that the guests didn't have to witness the mess.
And the quintet played on...