While the tuba may seem an ugly duckling in the musical pond, all performers are prone to catalog the perceived limitations of their chosen instruments: string players seek to emulate the human voice, singers envy the string players' bow and the ability to extend a phrase indefinitely, pianists envy the range of color available to instrumentalists, and wind players envy everybody - including each other. It is only when artistry becomes art that technical considerations become as inconsequential as which brushes Leonardo DaVinci used to paint the Mona Lisa. We, the audience, become absorbed in the product and not the process. At that point we become part of the music and, in truth, that has been the hope of every composer here represented: that we might, through the dots and scratches each put on paper, feel some measure of the emotion which led them to put it in writing. It is that desire for connection and communication which makes music the most sublime of the arts and which can speak to that part of our experience in which "Lollipops" will always be a treasured reward.
Patrick Sheridan, Tuba