Came across this case in the store the other day. A school had dropped off about a dozen mellophones for their yearly maintenance and there was a huge stack of them clogging the isles. Obviously someone (name deleted for privacy reasons) had become so attached to this mellophone and spent so much time with it that they felt compelled to give it a name. It reminded me of a middle school girl who came in the store once who was renting a viola. I can’t remember the size but violas come in different sizes and as a child grows they have to upgrade occasionally to a bigger size. This child’s teacher had decided that it was time for her to go to the next size up The girl came in with her mother and was on the verge of tears because she was so attached to the viola which she had named, can’t remember the name unfortunately. She refused to give it up. She threw a virtual fit until her mother finally gave in and decided that despite the teacher’s wishes, she would let her daughter continue to rent the original viola.
Musicians can be strange birds sometimes. We spend so much time with our instruments that we form a special “bond” with them, sometimes to the point of an unhealthy obsession with them. We’d rather spend time with our special “someone” than humans. This got me thinking about some of the famous examples of this out there. Huge stars are no exception to this. Below are some examples:
Yngwie Malmsteen’s “The Duck”
Eddie Van Halen’s “FrankenStrat” or “Frankenstein”
Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”
and probably the most famous:
BB King’s “Lucille”
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