Mine is bigger than yours.
(Seriously. The cellist looks more confident than anyone else. Apparently size does matter to this group.)
That’s not quite what they meant by “col legno”…
Another one in the category of “let’s carefully lay out all our instruments on the floor” while the musicians sit back. In what looks like an empty airport lounge.
If not a feather, perhaps was it an earthquake that knocked them over? A hurricane? Tornado?
And what are we supposed to think of that leg wrap-around? Gentlemen, care to explain?
You, too, mister.
Cloud computing, yes. But cloud string quartets?
…Not to mention white shoes, eighties hair, and crazy puffed sleeves.
Anway, today’s post comes with a story from the reader who sent it in.
My mom’s old boss was a power-hungry, condescending man. I have been playing music since I was a kid, and he always told my mom that I should play in a quartet on a cruise ship, like it was the most glorified and honorable position I, from a not so well-to-do family could attain. After he and his wife came back from a cruise, they brought me a CD of the quartet they saw there! It was even SIGNED! ooooo…
Thanks for this platform upon which to spew my bitterness.
Really, the original photo isn’t so bad.
No one’s eyes are closed. The women are smiling. The men look serious. There’s a fence and a little bit of orange color from the sunset.
But just imagine if the sunset had been a little more colorful.
Or the background more iconic.
Or more… stylized.
Fake, if you want to be blunt about it.
Yeah, Photoshop is not a substitute for taking actual photos.
(Thanks to the friend who sent these in.)
They seem super-sweet, but this picture is just plain awkward.
Because when they’re this
good bad, you can’t pick just one.
It’s a nice touch that they wore the same shoes with each outfit.
If you can call them “outfits.”
(We were saving this post for a rainy day, but since the quartet’s identity has been exposed (ahem), we decided to go ahead and share.)
And draped them artistically and identically over their shoulders for them before sending them off to rehearsal.
You know how sometimes a woman wears a strapless dress and then poses awkwardly with her instrument and then the photo gets cropped in a way that makes her look naked by accident?
That’s not what’s going on here.
They actually just need to go put some clothes on.
Is it me, or do they look like they’ve been told to lay down their
arms violins and viola?
And if one guy is going to button up with a mismatched jacket, shouldn’t he be the one with the cello to hide behind?
Or something. See all the things you can do once you learn how to hold a bow properly?
Just don’t let the cello slide down the banister.
The conflicting patterns! The disjunct outfits! The not knowing which way to look!
I love these guys, but why are they wandering on a beach – a beach that trucks have been driving over – in concert dress? They look ridiculous.