In the minds of many, the oboe is just a clarinet or a carrot.
After service was over on Sunday a few weeks back, one of the men in the congregation came up and told me how much he liked my clarinet playing.
I was playing my oboe d’amore. I just said thank you. It has been my experience through the years that trying to explain the differences between a clarinet and an oboe is just too much information for a lot of people. So, thank you is my standard answer if someone says they like my playing.
The gentleman then went on to explain how some guy made a clarinet out of a carrot.
I lost count of how many of my friends have sent me that video.
I just say thank you for sharing the video. That’s interesting. The guy in the video is a very clever man, I tell them.
Some people see the d’amore and ask me what it is. I say it’s an oboe of love. That can be a conversation stopper, which is a mercy.
So, what is an oboe? Hmmm.
I can tell you what it is not.
It is not a clarinet.
It is not a carrot.