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Cartoon Page October 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a real story behind this drawing. Years ago, for the music scoring session for the Universal TV show "Simon and Simon," the composer, Joe Conlan, sent his computer scores to the music library to have the individual parts written out for the musicians. On the morning of the session, Joe had printer problems and was unable to send in the last score. A music copyist was sent to the stage where he had to sit amongst the orchestra and transcribe the notes off of the same computer that was driving all the racks of synthesizers during the recording. The stage was somewhat dim because the film was being projected on the large screen at the back of the studio. It was a classic moment of technology in reverse. And we thought the days of the Benedictine monks scribing Gregorian chant in cold, dimly-lit cells were gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on notes for a humorous take on music notation:

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

#6 #7 #8 #9

By the way, a "clam" (in #9) is the term for a musician's mistake.
"Wow, did you hear that trumpet player's clam?"

 

Latest favorite e-mail joke:

A Japanese company and an American company decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri river. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day the Japanese won by a mile. Afterwards, the American team became very discouraged and morally depressed. The American management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found. A "Measurement Team," made up of senior management was formed. They would investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was that the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the Americans had 1 person rowing and 8 people steering. So American management hired a consulting company and paid them incredible amounts of money. They were advised that too many people were steering the boat and not enough people were rowing. To prevent losing to the Japanese again next year, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program," with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower: "We must give the rower empowerment and enrichments through this quality program."

The next year the Japanese won by 2 miles. Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. Then they gave a High Performance Award to the steering managers and distributed the money saved as bonuses to the senior executives.

—Ain't it so true?!

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All artwork ©2001 Stuart Vail

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