The Beat from Troy Music Hall #69 – Mistakes, So Many Mistakes

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Have you ever experienced schadenfreude?This German term means finding joy in someone else’s misfortune or mistakes. It’s a very human emotion, yet you hope you never have it directed at you. Who doesn’t make the occasional mistake? Luckily for most of us, our mistakes remain known to only a small number of people. But what if you make a big mistake, on a world stage?

The Head Bonk Heard Round the World

In 1992, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was having a bad day. He was playing the MTV Video Music Awards and was feeling rather low by the time he took the stage. In his own words:”Nirvana gets introduced,” he says, “I’m plugged into some awful bass rig that’s distorting terribly. I can barely hear what I’m playing, and the tone deteriorates into an inaudible mess.”F#@* it – time for the bass-toss schtick. Up it goes! I always try to get good air – I bet I hit over 25 feet, easy! But no matter how high it went, I was not on my game – the only time I’ve ever dropped it was then in front of 300 million people. Ouch! I was fine, but I faked like I was knocked out, perhaps expressing my inner torment over a taxing evening. (Maybe I was just embarrassed.)”

Oscar Oops!

The 2017 Oscar Awards ceremony made a big, huge mistake! Watch what happens about two minutes into the speeches given by the producers of LaLa Land, as it is revealed that they did not win the Best Picture honor. That honor goes to the movie Moonlight, and Oscar statuettes are handed over to the true winners. In the video below, Jimmy Kimmel explains how this mistake happened.

The Most Dramatic Failure

Amazingly, no humans were hurt in this incident.

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in Puget Sound on July 1, 1940. At the time, it was the world’s third-longest suspension span. Four months later, on November 7, 1940, it becomes known as “Galloping Gertie” as people watched it collapse in a windstorm.

Gertie’s failure paved the way for safer suspension spans that we use today. The fallen bridge also became one of the world’s largest man-made reefs. Its sunken remains are even on the National Register of Historic Places, protecting it from salvagers.

Adele Needs to Start Again

Adele had a bit of a disastrous performance at the 2016 Grammy’s, with major sound issues. In 2017, she was giving a tribute to George Michael, when sound issues popped up yet again. This time, she didn’t hesitate to restart. Listen to her tell the story of her 2016 debacle on the Ellen Degeneres Show shortly after that performance.

Hold On To That Sheet Music!

Being a page-turner can be stressful. Heck, as a musician, turning your own pages can be stressful, those pages can get away from you!

Dinosaurs, Aliens, and Lies, Oh My!

This interview nightmare is fictional, courtesy of the old The Bob Newhart Show. It beautifully, and humorously illustrates what happens when you don’t properly prepare for a task.

Design Fails

Buzzfeed is always a good source to find funny design mistakes. If you are someone who likes order and clean lines – trust us, do not click on any of the below!

22 Design Fails That’ll Fill You With Rage
17 Pictures That Will Piss Of Anyone With A Heartbeat
26 Times Reality Just Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

Upcoming Streaming Performance!

TSBMH & WEXT present The UpLift Commissioned Series

We are excited to bring you new music!

The UpLift Commissioned Series features musicians commissioned to create one new song that reflects their experiences during this time. Each song was performed and filmed on the Hall’s stage. The resulting videos will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook, followed by an online discussion with the artist. We close our collaboration with Organ Colossal with a performance by:

Taína Asili on Friday, May 21, 2021, 7 PM

Educators, students & homeschoolers – register for these FREE virtual performances with the Hall’s Artists-In-Residence, Quintocracy!

The Hall and Quintocracy have created a series of three free, hour-long virtual programs that introduce local students, through performance, lecture-demonstration, and Q & A sessions, to a variety of woodwind instruments. They explore “endangered instruments” not commonly found in use today, and discover the importance of collaboration as a group. More info here.

The series end with: Endangered & Auxillary Instruments, May 28, 7 PM

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