…shouting advice from the international dateline, being mistaken for god… (duo)

Oboe and Piano

Approx. 7 minutes

2011

This work was inspired by something British comedian Johnny Vegas said on Stephen Fry’s BBC quiz show QI. The panelists were asked about a place where you could look into the future, the answer being the international dateline, because you skip a day when you cross over it. Amongst the jokes about hopping over the line and stopping yourself from making a huge mistake, panelist Johnny Vegas said the following.

“Me personally (but, I’m selfish), what I would do I’d get a jet ski and stay on the line and go around the world… and I would just go around the world continually, following that line, shouting advice and being mistaken for God.”

When I sat down to write this piece, I conceived it on two levels of influence from the quote that I’m taking the title from. First, the most direct, is the idea of someone zipping up and down the international dateline on a jet ski shouting advice at the passersby as he zooms by. But, on another level, there is the interesting possibility of finding a profound moment somewhere you least expect one. So, in this piece there is the kind of frantic running about, but there’s also a more contemplative section that pops pretty much out of nowhere. The piece ends with both ideas intermingled, and the closest thing to a fadeout possible in live, unprocessed performance. Essentially, the protagonist of this piece never stops shouting advice at people, they’ve just moved past us on to the next folks.

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