Readers who aren’t my family may not know that I was a musician for a long time–all through school, high school, and even a college degree. (What, sell out for advertising? Okay!) Back in the days of corn mazes and desperate crushes, I played in the pit orchestra for my high school’s productions of 1776 and Guys and Dolls. While I have fond memories of the piccolo playing fife tunes in my ear and having a desperate crush on the senator from South Carolina in 1776, my favorite memory is from the Guys and Dolls run, where the Salvation Army chorus sings a number “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” (Literally. That line is the entire chorus.)
My stand partner and the cellist and I were all friends, and we were walking out after the dress rehearsal discussing the performance. The cellist, Brian, said that he thought it was going to be good, and that he really liked the “Sit Down Boat” song.
Stand partner and I look at each other. “What song, B?” we asked.
“You know, the one where they sing ‘Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down BOAT!”
And we had to laugh, because that is exactly what it sounded like the chorus was singing. I can only imagine what the pit orchestra sounded like. Good times with diction and high school music.