The Going To Traffic Court Blues

saxAs you might recall from a previous post, my Baybee fulfilled a long-unrealized reuniting this past Christmas by getting a tenor saxophone to finally replace the one I’d had to sacrifice to make rent back in the mid-90s.

Other than picking it up and playing it badly that first day, the sax has sat in its case, with me and my 12-year-dormant embouchure somewhat intimidated by it.

Then last night, I could no longer resist and I brought the sax into the space off the master bedroom formerly called the Clubhouse but duly redubbed the Sound Chamber, sat my ass in a folding chair, and tried to blow along with Art Blakey’s “Moanin” and Lou Donaldson’s “Blues Walk,” two jazz classics I used to play along with way back in the day.

I enjoyed it, but further cemented the fact that I am reeeeeaaaaally reeeeeaaaaally rusty.

This morning I’m here at home, instead of work because I have a traffic court visit scheduled downtown for early this afternoon for a ticket I got on my bike last summer — one that I decided to fight. I don’t really expect to win, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway since the ticket was unfair and cost me $202.

But seeing as there are few places that make me more anxious than courtrooms, and I had the house to myself, I brought out the sax to sooth my nerves, but under the guise of adjusting a a pad protector screw that I discovered was juuuust long enough to prevent a lower pad from closing once opened. After doing that of course I played a bit, and when Ranger didn’t run howling from the room I decided to record a slice that — since it doesn’t totally and entirely suck — I’ve uploaded for you and posterity and titled:

The Going To Traffic Court Blues

I hope you enjoy it or at least that it doesn’t send you howling from the room.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."