daily kaddish: from the injured bench


I’m playing a lot of Kaddishim this month lying on my back on the floor, in preparation for a dance project I have coming up. Unfortunately, holding the horn upside-down turns out to be really hard on my sprained left index finger, and the Tuesday night Kaddish using my even heavier descant horn did a real number on it.

I saw my hand therapist yesterday morning, and she crafted several thermoplastic support braces for me to try out, one a thick, stiff white brace, and the other a thinner, slightly more flexible black brace. I had intended to take my horn in with me, so she could see what I was up against, but like an idiot, I forgot, so we had to work from memory. Fortunately, after 37 years of playing horn, my muscle memory of how I hold it is pretty good.

This, then, is the first Kaddish recorded supine but using a hand support—the thinner black one. It helped a lot—the horn was still slipping downward, but it didn’t pull my finger out of position when it did so. This is progress.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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