Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random ruminations – pulling my trumpet card edition

Today in “Things no one but me cares about” – the CBS Sunday Morning trumpet theme.

I’ve been watching this show since Charles Kuralt hosted it, and was surprised to find out that the demographic is not just old farts like me, but actually placed first in its time slot in the key demographic of adults 25–54, beating all of the political discussion-driven Sunday morning talk shows.

The issue I have is with the trumpet piece that opens the show.
It’s “Abblasen”, attributed to Gottfried Reiche. It’s a pretty famous fanfare, and was performed for decades as written, by Doc Severinson.

Then, after over twenty years, they replaced it with a version done by Wynton Marsalis.
I guess they thought that jazzing it up (always a great idea for a fanfare written in the 1730s) would make it hipper or something.

It sucks.

The slides, smears, cadenzas, and jazzy grace notes in the new version are so annoying that I mute the sound every time.

I guess the next thing is to redo “Fur Elise” with a drum machine and an autotuned vocal.

Stick to jazz, Wynton.

This is what it actually reads like, BTW :

See any slides, smears, cadenzas, and grace notes in there?

Neither do I.

Don Smithers played it for them first, and he didn’t add any jazz “improvements” to it, either.


Rant over.


6 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random ruminations – pulling my trumpet card edition

    1. You’re absolutely right – corrected.
      And I’m NOT going to click on that link as long as I live.

      Well, maybe just once.

    2. OK – I clicked on the link despite my misgivings.
      That is the weirdest thing I have ever seen – and I’m not even going to go into the Teletubbies part of it.

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