Musicians have slang terminology for all kinds of things: they refer to jobs as “gigs”, call their instruments “axes”, and consider the extra woodwinds, i.e. piccolo, E-flat clarinet, English horn, and contrabassoon as “toys”. The term I want to focus on today is “B-flat Major” – not the key, but the term, which means average, normal, commonplace.
Most music students begin learning to play in bands, and bands spend an inordinate amount of time in B-flat, largely because most of the band instruments are B-flat instruments: clarinets, trumpets, tenor saxophones, coronets, euphonium, and trombones to name just a few. For ease of learning, pieces for bands are written in B-flat, F, and sometimes E-flat to accommodate these instruments. It is entirely possible for a flutist, for example, to leave high school without ever having played in sharp keys.
Over the years musicians have started referring to generic circumstances as “B-flat Major”. I did that in a knitting class I was teaching once, and the students looked at me as if I had taken leave of my senses. Only one knew what I meant. She had gone to music school.
I read about 20 blogs from the Blogging from A to Z challenge yesterday, most of theme posted by writers. Many were excellent. I would say in comparison, my writing is extremely B-flat Major.