I may have mentioned before that I play in a community concert band. We rehearse on Wednesday nights, and as I was driving home last night I thought to myself that my band experiences are pretty the same now as they were back in high school: few things in my life give me more pleasure, we all do it because we love it ... and we're all complete geeks.
The pleasure part is obvious -- making music a an ensemble is highly satisfying on both an intellectual and emotional level. But why is it so geeky? Is it the repertoire? The uniforms? (Though at least on that level our own band gets off very lightly -- esp. when we see what some of the other groups are wearing at the annual community band festival!)
Is there something inherently uncool about a bassoon or a French horn -- while an electric guitar or drums are "cool"?
Not that I care all that much of course, or I wouldn't still be doing it after all this time. Just one of those things that makes me think.
So ... where are all my other band geeks at?