February 5, 2023

Two young women playing trombones, March 3, 2013. (Photo: ACE Foundation)

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In this AudioHopper production, fitness enthusiast and hyper-educated writer Dan Friedman narrates his story about a chance encounter with a young “musician cycling pretty erratically with her instrument case strapped to her back.” The whole piece is a total delight, but take special joy from the expression “out of puff.” That’s because the audio version can’t quite convey how this fellow insists on that extra u in “behavior,” like every Brit around, no matter how long they’ve called America home. This story was originally published by Dan’s Voice of Reason as “Arrivederci Trombonista.”


Blue Bells of Scotland (1899) by Arthur Pryor

Trombone Concerto (1877) by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov