So my dad has become a bit of a humor icon in my life, and some of my friend’s lives. I don’t know if he’s gotten funnier with age or my sense of humor has changed, but he cracks me up. I could state all the jokes here, but some of them are of the “you have to be there” type, and others aren’t as enjoyable without hand motions or photos. But this… this is classic.
In June, The Onion published an article about the “vuvuzela philharmonic” — South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic Angered By Soccer Games Breaking Out During Concerts.
This morning I get this in my inbox:
AP – Associated Pressing – July 12
The South African Vuvzela Orchestra (SAVO) ended its outdoor concert season on Jul 11. The 65 performance 9 city tour finished in front of a standing-room-only crowd in Johannesberg. The tour featured the world premiere of the “Hear Us World – We are Loud” based on local South African rhythms. A SAVO spokesperson said “SAVO was extremely please with the reception that its performances received. It far exceeded our best
estimates prior to the season. The international tourist community was very favorable to our signature music. It was, however, a grueling schedule that has left the orchestra members completely drained. As a result SAVO will now be on an extended sabbatical for the next 18 months before resuming its regular series of quarterly performances.”
SAVO achieved world-wide recognition during its performance season heightened by its agreement with ABC and its world-wide affiliates to simulcast all 65 performances. A Berlin Philharmonic spokesperson indicated “We pioneered that effort several years ago but the entertainment broadcaster indicated that ‘the time was just not right for such a project’ – Congratulations to SAVO for such a remarkable achievement enabling this fine cultural showcase to be brought to the world”.
The ABC involvement brought world-wide acclaim to SAVO for its exhilarating performances, though some negative reaction was received – especially from France, Italy, and England. It was even rumored that French tourists left the country to ensure that they would not be subjected to what they considered the unrefined SAVO sound.
An announcement by the SAVO board of directors made after the final Johannesberg performance stated that “SAVO has received support for a future international tour from a group in Spain. Additional interest has been expressed by several other international groups including New Zealand and the Netherlands among others. As a result of the anticipated support SAVO is planning a series of performances in Brazil during the 2014 outdoor season. Further plans are also being explored for possible tours in 2018 and 2022 though, to date, no venues have been chosen.”SAVO has also commissioned the Spaniard Iniesta to compose a new performance piece for the 2014 tour. Iniesta is quoted as saying that ” the new commission will be a collaborative work loosely based on the 2010 world premiere”. When asked for specifics he indicated ” In my opinion, ‘Hear Us World’ received such positive acclaim that it would be silly not to use its foundation as the basis of the new work”. It is rumored that Iniesta commission will feature an expanded percussion presence and a more dance-like aura”.
And not only is he a creative writer, he apparently wastes his mornings at work writing nonsense… now I know where I get it from!!
More of dad’s humor to come in an upcoming entry!