BOOK REVIEW A Working Musician's Joke Book by Daniel G. Theaker  Preface by David W. Barber with cartoons by Mike Freen Published by Sound and Vision $9:95 £4:95 (UK) ISBN 920151-22-1



A rather uneven anthology. The humour is often juvenile, often puerile, sometimes obscure for the general music lover (remember this is meant for working musicians) and often stretched to breaking point - another "How many... does it take to change a lightbulb" crack and I would have screamed!

Here are a few, better, samples of its humour:

"Define a successful trombone player - He owes his success to letting everything slide."

"What do you clean a sousaphone with? - A 'tuba' toothpaste"

"What is the difference between a violinist and a dog? - The dog knows when to stop scratching."

"How do you keep your violin from getting stolen? - Put it in a viola case."

On conductors: "What is the difference between a bull and an orchestra - The bull has the horns in the front and the ass in the back."

"Two fleas were talking about their travels one day. "I went to the symphony last night. I hitched a ride in the conductor's beard and stayed there for awhile. Things were great until the end of the first movement when I fell out and landed in the soloists cleavage. That was OK, nice and warm and all, but in the third movement she got all worked up and started to sweat. I ended up sliding down between her legs. I decided to just stay put and have a nap. What I don't get is when I woke up I was in the conductor's beard again."

' Seems that many of us have heard that last one before in one form or another?

On this one, I pass. Sorry


Ian Lace


Ian Lace

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