Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which provokes an assortment of feelings over here at Chromatik. To distract us from the fear of horrible dinner conversation, we put together our two favorite things (music and food) to get us pumped up! Have you ever wondered what classic Thanksgiving dish compliments your musical instrument? Yeah, probably not. Thankfully, we did that absurd thinking for you so your brain can remain an empty shell as you revel in your tryptophan high.
Instrument: bassoon Complimentary thanksgiving dish: deviled eggs
Let's be real, deviled eggs are an acquired taste. The majority of guests won't go near those rank things with a ten-foot pole (is this editorializing? We don't care, those eggs are horrible). But have you met someone that loves deviled eggs? They’re OBSESSED, opting to eat the entire platter and ruining their Thanksgiving appetite. That’s the bassoon’s reputation in the band; they are not without purpose, but few people willingly take on the bassoon. However, those who do have tons of #bassoonpride and embrace its quirky sounds.
Instrument: Violins Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Turkey
I mean, we had to give SOME instrument this role, and it just seemed natural to give it to the violins. They tend to hold every classical melody hostage. You’ll often know recognize a classical piece by the sound of the violins. Finlandia? Those strings. Beethoven's 9th? Again, the strings. Violins are a deservedly integral part of the orchestra, to which the other instruments often aim to compliment.
Instrument: Clarinets Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Gravy
If you're a member of any high school band, you probably have an absurd amount of clarinet players. Like, probably an ocean of Squidwards trying to rock out to a song. Way more of these guys exist than is necessary and it tends to throw off the sound dynamics of the orchestra. Well, that's the same way gravy works. Good in small doses, but too much will clog your arteries.
Instrument: Bass instruments (tuba, cello, trombone) Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: stuffing
Stuffing acts as a support system for turkey, filling our holiday staple with a variety of starches and meats. Although the turkey is the meal’s centerpiece, the stuffing works behind the scenes to provide us with all sorts of salty, sweet goodness. Bass instruments work the same way. They might not get the melodies in an arrangement or the parts that make a listener fall in love with a work, but they bolster the melody and make a song three-dimensional.
Instrument: Percussion Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: green beans
Green beans are the beacon of hope for your diabetes prevention plan during Thanksgiving dinner. They provide you with some type of vegetable among a mountain range of carbs and meats. Although not necessarily what people look forward to on Thanksgiving, green beans remain an integral dinner staple to give you some nutritional sustenance. You might not enjoy it, but you will eat a ton of those green beans and it will feel like a breath of fresh air. Similar to bass instruments, percussion doesn't have a lot of shining moments in songs. The percussionist often waits for stretches of measures just to play a single note. However, percussion is essential to the ensemble. They hold the rhythm and create dynamics that a melody couldn't easily sustain by itself. A clashing of a cymbal, while brief, can really shake up a silent moment and release tension built up by the other instruments.
Instrument: Trumpets Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Cranberry sauce
Trumpets are loud as hell. When abused, they can be noisy, abrasive instruments. When used effectively, however, trumpets also have the richest sound in the entire ensemble. They bring warmth to a piece and harmonic complexity to the melody. Cranberry sauce works the same way. Too much of it gets sticky, syrupy, and all-around disgusting. But getting a hint of cranberry sauce with a piece of turkey and stuffing will create a warm, savory experience on your palette.
Instrument: Piano Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Ham
The alternative to turkey. Sometimes violins just don't cut it and we want MORE melodies and MORE strings. Or, violins just aren't what we need. Pianos are the alternative melody maker. Everyone loves great piano pieces in an arrangement, which tend to hold up on their own (even when the musician isn't even playing it!). Ham is that alternative main dish. Maybe turkey isn't your thing or maybe you're just a diehard meat lover unsatisfied by a single type of poultry on your dinner plate. Regardless, ham will tingle your holiday taste buds and give you a jump start to Christmas.
Instrument: Flute Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie is the desert that everyone loves and most people will eat more than recommended, if only because they can ration to themselves that pumpkin is a vegetable (we’re not judging your logic or your actions). Flutes have a similar effect on the orchestra. Their lightweight texture deceives us of their secret richness. Keep adding flutes to an orchestra and suddenly you possess an artillery of sharp, high-pitched pipes. Just as you’ll be regretting that third slice of pumpkin pie, you’ll be wishing that seventh flute player chose to play the French horn…
Instrument: Saxophone Complimentary Thanksgiving dish: Pecan Pie
Just because a saxophone is pure glutton doesn't mean we don't deserve it or that it's not necessary for the ensemble. The smooth, warm sound of a sax brings a buttery texture to an otherwise plain song (but not in a Paula Dean, noxious way). Pecan pie is the same way. It's a must have at any Thanksgiving feast, but that doesn't change the fact that's it's all sticky, sweet sugar.