Perusing the music channels this evening one thing struck me.
Not since the eighties has there been so many songs utilising the saxophone.
But now songs by two of the biggest selling pop femme fatales – Lady Gaga and Katy Perry – feature the brass instrument previously consigned to the annals of history.
Now only the hardened Celebricat fan will know this but this kitty has a history with the sax.
It would be by far the longest stretch in the imagination to say I played it but I did indeed wield one in the school orchestra.
What I am about to write next will no doubt shock Celebricat’s old music teacher to the core. I could never play the blimming thing.
In fact, I am pretty sure I was only in the school orchestra to get in out of the cold and because my friends were (what kind of sick peer pressure would allow that).
So out of all the instruments I could have chosen, I chose the sax. Mainly because it had a strap and meant I could still sit in orchestra eating my hula hoops without having to put the blimming thing down and draw attention to myself.
Squeezed in between the two people who could actually play saxophones I would pretend that my reed needed attention, try the spit valve – seriously school orchestras were pretty grim – but I never once attempted to ruin a perfectly reasonable Chattanooga Choo Choo by putting the said instrument to its proper use.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that actually sitting in an orchestra not playing an instrument was lame and I left my burgeoning career as a saxophonist behind me.
But where has this blatant disregard for the saxophone left me? I can tell you where it hasn’t left me and that is starring in a pop promo with Lady Gaga or Katy Perry.
Catch some Katy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlyXNRrsk4A
Get some Gaga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWBS0JBNzQ