Flute instructor Jan Boland knew she would have to work around train whistles while recording
a CD recently in King Chapel with Red Cedar Trio partners John Dowdall, guitar, and David
Miller, viola. It turns out there was something else she didn’t plan on.
“Acoustically, this chapel is a heavenly place to record. However, it is beset with certain ‘challenges,’
shall we say!” reported the Red Cedar Chamber Music newsletter. “First, trains toot their
whistles and rumble along nearby tracks at unpredictable times, interrupting ‘takes.’ Our recording
engineer, Peter Nothnagle, began keeping a chart of train schedules and logged 19 trains in a
three-hour period one night!
“What next? A single, seemingly innocent, little cricket began chirping very loudly one night
at 2 a.m., providing an unwelcome duet with the flute! … Nothnagle … crept up into the balcony
and, using his highly developed listening skills in a new way, located the unfortunate (now
deceased) little guy.”