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.”

Music:

Blue Bells of Scotland (1899) by Arthur Pryor

Trombone Concerto (1877) by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

By Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman is the former executive editor of the Forward and the author of an ebook about Tears for Fears, the 80s rock band. He has a PhD from Yale and writes about books, whisky and the dangers of online hate. Subscribe to his newsletter.