While I'm on the topic, why would anyone want to become a tympanist?
Imagine that you're at a party and the old guitar comes out and a sing along develops.
Someone calls out, "Brian, go get your tympany!"
Straight away there are a few problems here:
- What are the odds of your tympany being in the back of your car?
- Do you really want to lug them into a party situation where someone is bound to put his bottle of beer on one of your drums?
- Tympany are not going to work on Brown Eyed Girl.
- Someone is probably going to tell you to shut up.
- Anyway, let's be honest, no one is going to call out, "Brian, go get your tympany!"
Here's another scenario. You turn up at a jam - you have your viola and you're all dressed up in your penguin suit - but then you realise there is no music! You're going to have to make it up.
I hear Classical musicians moaning that the audience for Classical concerts is dying off and some orchestras are struggling. Well, this is a sign from Angry Jesus that these musicians should start playing different stuff. Shorter pieces that don't go on for bloody hours.