In my new house, right after thanksgiving, the oven broke. Since I am a new homeowner, this is my problem. I had to call the repair man and wait at home for him.
He said he’d come wednesday, so I had to miss some work to meet him in the afternoon. Since I was missing work anyway, I thought I would try to get some other home things done.
My piano needed tuning. I did a search on google for “piano tuner” and my area code. First guy that popped up I called, and he was available.
So my oven was fixed. Kitty loved him, I don’t know why, but Skellig rubbed all over him while he was on the kitchen floor. He told me that the oven is good for a long time now. Nice to know I don’t have to replace it. I like it.
Then the piano tuner came. I was talking with him, and he let out that he was a Theremin player.
EVERYONE ought to know what a Theremin is. If you don’t, do your homework!
I confess, I only has superficial knowledge of the Theremin before I met Roger Ballenger. I knew that it was used in the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”, and that it was a standard Halloween instrument. Also, that it is the first electronic music instrument.
What I didn’t know was how cool Mr. Theremin himself was.
I asked Roger what a person who plays the theremin is called.
A Thereminist? That’s what he called it, but he confessed that he didn’t know if it was the official name.
I had to think about it a little. He said that the way you play the Theremin involves moving your hands across the radio waves to interrupt the inaudible frequency and create an audible sound.
“Like Massaging the radio waves?” I asked.
“I know! A person who plays the theremin is a Theremineuse!”
Long and short of it is, I learned a lot about Theremins and also got my piano tuned.
I’ve been playing it a lot lately.