Returning players: there are lots of them who share similar backstories
Over the past 10 or 15 years I have met quite a few saxophone players who have picked up the instrument again after taking many years off for a variety of reasons. During this same time period I have also chatted online or via email with many players from around the globe, who also have returned to playing saxophone after a many year hiatus.
All this chatting with returning players got me thinking last year about how so many of them had similar stories. Many had started playing saxophone in school. Then, for whatever reason, they gave up the sax, and concentrated on their families, careers, and lives in general.
Once the saxophone spark was reignited in these former players, their stories continued to be quite similar. A common thread in all their stories was the Internet, and very often the largest saxophone forum in the world, Sax On The Web (SOTW), featured prominently in their return to saxophone playing.
A logic model depicting the life of a fictitious returning player
These experiences of returning players inspired me to come up with a type of logic model that represents the saxophone-playing life of one such fictitious returning saxophone player. This model is based on the maps of the subway systems we see in cities around the world.
Although partially inspired by the life events of others, this is a work of fiction. No one person is represented in this diagram, and this is not based on any one person’s real life experiences.
Think of the following as a humorous logic model that makes us take a closer look at where and how our sources of information have changed over the past 15 or so years. I guess it’s the educator in me that wonders if all this crazy-large amount of info available to us is really useful, or if it’s just become a source of confusion and distraction.
In hindsight, there is another area I could have added. Buying beater horns and getting into DIY horn repair is another area that seems to be a common theme for returning players. Oh well, transit systems do undergo expansions as required, and budgets allow. I’ll have to get in touch with the urban planning department.