I may be the first guy to have ever been flown to a gig to play melodica.
There are probably other musicians who have been flown to gigs who played melodica among other instruments, but I''m being flown in to play only melodica.
The reservation was made today.
Every other year, my Temple in North Carolina puts on a one-day Jewish Festival. It's sort of analogous to the Greek Festivals you sometimes find at Greek Orthodox Churches. When I was there, I played with the only klezmer group in that region of the State. The instrument I ended up playing with the band is melodica. They were afraid of putting me on piano because one of the instruments is mandolin and they were afraid I'd drown him out. Also, pianos aren't portable, either to venues or within venues if we have to play in multiple rooms for a wedding or something. Electric ones are, but this group is all acoustic.
I moved away a little less than a year ago, currently being located in barely upstate New York, "barely" because we're really close to the Pennsylvania border, in the area known here as the Southern Tier. The klezmer group of course plays the Jewish festival. The rabbi wanted me involved and offered to fly me down. Cool by me. I like going back and I like playing. The event will be in late October.
There are other instruments I play, but most of them didn't fit and I'm way better on a keyboard than anything else. They tried to talk me into trying accordion, which has the advantage of being traditional, but I don't own one (they do), they're heavy and uncomfortable, I don't want to bother learning the left hand buttons - which I don't need to because there are other instruments in the band that handle chords and bass lines and, aside from that, my wife, when I brought up the possibility, said
"I forbid it."
"I forbid it."
"Because if I'm at a gig, I never want to be put into the position when asked 'Which one is your husband?' of having to answer 'The one playing the accordion.'"
Can't argue with that logic.