the things that make it worth it

So you all know by now about the Alphabet Singers. I have ten of them, I think. I have two that have never given me any problems whatsoever and I love them for it. I’ve never even had to assign them anonymity letters. I also play for six instrumentalists. They are what keep me sane. Besides being rewarding to work with, they are funny.

SUBJECT: To Many Accompanists: You can have the privilege of working with me if you lower your price!

[Street Address]
Tallahassee, FL 32301

January 25, 2011

Master of Music Liz Remizowski
Pianist Extraordinaire

To Whom It May Concern:

Darling Liz, I am in need of an excellent accompanist and have on great authority (my own) that you are outstanding in your field.  Would you be available between 4 and 6 the evening of April 3rd (that’s a Sunday).  I will be performing a Concertino by Busoni and a sonata-y thing to be named very soon.  Both these will require your expert interpretations.

I have yet to set a definite dress rehearsal time and would like to work with you when scheduling such an event.  I also partake of lessons with Dr. Frank Kowalsky on Monday mornings at 11:15, though suitable other arrangements may be made if this is inconvenient with your schedule.

Finally, would you prefer to paid in one lump sum upon the joyous completion of the recital or in some other means?  I am very flexible here and will do what you find most(e) convenient(e).  I believe I am familiar with your rates, but please remind me once more.

If you are unavailable for this time, I will be most saddened since I did not send a mass text to ten accompanists whose numbers I purloined from posters.  Also, I hope this letter is formal enough to not garner a mention on your blog ;-).

Let me know either way!  See you very soon and hopefully outside the library once life settles down a bit :-D!

Cheers,
Jeff

Re: To Many Accompanists: You can have the privilege of working with me if you lower your price!

[Street Address]
Tallahassee, FL 32304

January 25, 2011

Expert of Music Jeff [Surname]
Clarinet Virtuoso

Dear Most Esteemed Clarinetist and Friend,

Please imagine my reaction upon receiving your email this morning. After determining my alarm woke me at 6:30 because I have to attend a saxophone lesson at 9:00, I turned to my phone. I was somewhat puzzled at the subject of your email, it being significantly earlier than I am accustomed to waking. Upon opening it and beginning perusal I smiled as broadly as the Florida sun, which is so dejectedly hidden at this hour and in this weather. In short, you made my day.

First, I should be honored to play with you. However, that is fairly close to Easter and on Sundays we will probably be holding extra rehearsals from 4-5:30 at my church job in Monticello. I do not believe I can just skip these, since there is no “canned” accompaniment for this “oratorio.” (Both a blessing and a curse.) However, if the recital is to stay on that date, I can see if it is acceptable to find a substitute for that evening, which I can find out this week. Second, should scheduling be agreeable, my going rate is $30/hour. (I also accept periodic gifts/bribes in the form of Starbucks.) You can pay me however you like as long as it’s American, and whenever you like provided it’s this semester. (If you choose to bestow Starbucks, please consider I can only drink one latte at a time.)

In the interest of artistic integrity, I may post this on my blog as an example of why I love my instrumentalists, if I may have your permission. Fear not, I will obliterate all incriminating evidence.

Yours,

Liz

Re: Re: To Many Accompanists: You can have the privilege of working with me if you lower your price!

[Street Address]
Tallahassee, FL 32301

January 25, 2011

Mistress of Music Liz Remizowski

[Street Address]
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Dearest Madame:

Your response has filled me with joy!  My recital date, regrettably, is as unchanging and reliable as a vocalist’s lesson/jury/rehearsal time.  Or something that is actually reliable.  My parents already purchased plane tickets and my committee, miraculously and unbelievably, all seem able to attend.  If you are uncomfortable skipping Easter-y services, I completely understand.  You have many irons in the fire.  Please check and get back to me at your earliest convenience if you are comfortable finding a substitute.

If you, as my first choice/one of many people I e-mailed en masse, are unable to play I will completely understand and there shall be no hard feelings.  I would ask only that you recommend a suitable replacement, one I might ask in the next couple of weeks.

As always, our correspondence is a joy.  Please enjoy this day despite the presence of a smile-like Florida sun.

Gratefully yours,
Monsieur [Surname]

———————-

I accepted.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “the things that make it worth it

  1. Gisele

    Mistress of Music Liz Remizowski, Your blog always makes smile….

  2. Gisele

    Mistress of Music Liz Remizowski, Your blog always makes me smile….

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