Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Lynn Harrell is dining out on Delta’s refusal to grant air miles to Mr Cello.
He made it onto the Colbert Report last night.
hat-tip Joe Goetz.
Un peau over-the-top, perhaps, but very funny!
“A skin” over the top? What does that mean?
It means I can’t type for beans on my iPhone!
While it is OUTRAGEOUS that an airline would refuse miles to Mr. Cello, for which Lynn Harrell had to purchase a second ticket for a seat in the first place, the video is both extremely funny, and very disturbing. It clearly shows that Delta (and I am sure other airlines) show NO regard for musicians, and the valuable instruments that they carry on-board to protect from damage. Congratulations to Prof. Harrell for being a good sport and participating with Stephen Colbert in this spoof, and for bringing this issue to the fore…
How much better the program would have been if Mr. Harrell came on during the closing segment of the show and performed a Bach suite movement (you know which one) or with piano accompaniment, a movement from one of the Beethoven ‘cello sonatas!
Due to the connections I fly, I have to use Delta a lot. After emerging from bankruptcy they began fleecing customers with every method they could devise. I’ve had many bad experiences. You should avoid flying Delta if at all possible.
As a sometimes flying cellist I have brought my lifelong partner PAT (Paulo Antonio Testore) on a flight with me. I did not ask for sky miles but did request a meal for PAT as well as myself. There were no protests even when I ate both meals myself. PAT is on a rosin diet.
A friend of mine got tired of paying always full price for his Cello s seat.He decided to pay nothing at all
The friendly and naive stewardess asked him what instrument was it.Oboe was his answer.After looking at her list ,
the oboe was allowed to board free of charge.
To Gabor: That’s an old story told about Leonard Rose!
I heard a version of that story, with a clarinet, in the mid-90s.
DOes anyone know how many miles he had eliminated? And Mr Cello?
My string quartet used to travel to Japan every year, and we always bought a fifth ticket for the cello. As the one who did most of the travel arrangements I always attempted to negotiate a child’s fare for the cello, since, I argued, it was a new instrument. The airlines not only refused, they had no sense of humor, and wouldn’t even agree to provide a meal for the cello, a paying customer, on the trans-Pacific flights for my colleagues to share. I must say, however, on one of our trips we missed a connection in Portland and the Delta rep was very kind in providing us admittance to their super-duper executive club while we waited for the next flight.
If the ‘cello buys a ticket and occupies the seat, the ‘cello ought to receive the miles. What happens if a person purchases a ticket but doesn’t take the flight and doesn’t get their money back? Just wondering, since I’m an uninformed extremely infrequent flyer. Does the person who pays but who doesn’t show up receive the miles? If so, it would mean that ‘nobody’ in the seat would rate better than would an object parked in the seat.
Eleanor,that ‘s a Hungarian’s story!
Author, novelist, broadcaster, cultural commentator.
Follow him on FB: Facebook and on Twitter @NLebrecht
More Lebrecht @ normanlebrecht.com
Enter your email address:
April 17, 2014 5 Comments
April 17, 2014 Leave a Comment
April 17, 2014 1 Comment
April 16, 2014 8 Comments
April 15, 2014 5 Comments
April 15, 2014 4 Comments
April 14, 2014 28 Comments
April 14, 2014 3 Comments
April 14, 2014 6 Comments
April 14, 2014 Leave a Comment
an ArtsJournal blog