I remember it clearly. I was a prairie kid from a small elementary school who suddenly found himself thrown into a big city high school. It was grade 8; that most difficult of grades when social status seems to matter more to the student than, well, anything else.
My classmates were discussing who the hottest new musical group was. I had no idea who they were talking about. Someone asked me who I listened to.
I said I listened to the Canadian Brass.
You should have seen the looks on their faces.
After a few minutes of stunned staring later, the teasing began. I didn't care. I mean, how can you not love this?
Decades later, I still enjoy listening to the Canadian Brass. Some of the group's faces have changed but I don't think they've lost one iota of their skill - or their sense of humour.
Case in point:
The Canadian Brass have been making incredible music for forty years now. I wonder how many of my fellow high school students listen to whomever or whatever they were listening to back then?