A reader writes:
As a corollary to your lament
about the inequity of people who excel in one art also having a gift for another, I offer the infuriating example of Kenny G, who was playing the AT&T Pro-am golf tournament on the Monterey Peninsula last weekend. As a golfer, Kenny G has a 1 handicap. He shot a 77 at Pebble Beach and a 73 at Spy Glass. These are remarkable scores for an amateur in competition on tough courses set up for pros – the equivalent of a weekend violinist playing a pretty damn good rendition of the Brahms concerto with an A-list orchestra. So it’s not enough that us jazz lovers have to put up with his insipid instrumental pop music, the genre of “smooth jazz” and the tragedy of his making zillions while (fill in the blank) scuffles to pay the bills while trying to make art that honors the legacy of Bird, Sonny and Trane – but in addition to all of that, Kenny G also gets to play to a 1-handicap.
There is no God.
Actually, there is, but Our Girl tells me that He prefers hockey.