A friend of mine talked me into playing in the orchestra pit for a local production of James and the Giant Peach. I figured, why not. It's a lot lower commitment than being on stage. And then I heard the music. It's like the composers were getting paid by the note. Every track on the broadway recording screamed "I went to Berkeley!" To make matters worse, I had to learn it all by ear. I'm not sure why, but all we have is the piano score. Nothing for guitar, bass, drums or any other instruments that might be in the ensemble. (I don't read, but at least I could have had someone tab out the harder bits for me.) I'm not even prefixing this as a request, because I know nobody has James tabs just lying around. I've just resolved that it's going to have to be OK that what I deliver isn't going to be quite the same as, nor quite as busy as, what the broadway guy did.