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3 January 2018, 15:58
Musicians: they’re spontaneous, fun and can be used as a walking record player. Here are all the reasons you should make friends with a muso.
Being sung to can be toe-curlingly embarrassing. But your new musician friend is guaranteed to jazz up your birthday serenade with a strum-heavy accompaniment and lots of super-understated harmonies.
Pachelbel’s Canon? The Blue Danube? The theme tune to Love Actually? Whatever you fancy on your big day, your mate will be there for you with their instrument and buckets of wedding repertoire on tap, plus a subtle plug or ten for their upcoming concert.
One word: BANDMATES. Work, hobbies and a social life can be tough to juggle. But with your new muso pal, you’ll have a brand-new group of friends who turn up to your garage every Thursday to practise and steal your beers.
Sure, life is stressful. But it’s 80 per cent less traumatic when your mate starts practising Debussy and Chopin in the next room.
Who needs $$$ when you’re surrounded by the beauty of music? Your poor, struggling muso pal will help you remember what’s really important in life.
Queuing online for Joshua Bell tickets is, let’s face it, a total bore. Get yourself a musician friend, and go to all their cheap concerts in weird falling-down pubs.
Worried that your taste in music is lacking in refinement and variety? Befriend a musician, and borrow all their old records.
Getting bored of your old job? Find a musician friend, and you’ll get an awesome new job as their manager and social media editor.
That singer on The X Factor? “Pfft! People only like her because she uses a vibrato wide enough to scare Bach out of his grave,” you’ll learn to say.
No one likes driving alone – and a musician needs transport. Offer to take them to all their gigs ever, and you’ll never be without your Kenickie.
Found a muso who doesn’t speak your language? No matter! Music is a universal language, and befriending that Italian violist will help you understand that music equals communication, and words are largely unimportant.
Musicians are highly unpredictable creatures – one minute, they’ll be able to come to your mum’s 60th birthday party, the next, they’ll be jetting off to Croatia to give a strings masterclass. If you love to be surprised, find yourself a muso friend.
Bored of the usual Friday and Saturday night pub trips? Befriend that trombone player you always see at the supermarket, and get ready to indulge in a serious post-concert Monday night drinking sesh.