The Musical Marriage Counselor
When the last child moves out of the house, Mom and Dad announce that after years of hiding the fact that the love is gone, they're getting a divorce. The kids are distraught, and hire a marriage counselor as a last resort at keeping their parents together.
The counselor works for hours, tries all of his methods, but the couple still won't even talk to each other. In desperation, he goes over to a closet, brings out a beautiful upright bass and begins to play.
After a minute or so, the couple starts talking and they discover that they're not actually that far apart and decide to give their marriage another try.
The kids are amazed and ask the counselor how he managed to do it.
He replies, "I've never seen a couple that wouldn't talk through a bass solo."
(Attributed to Quentin Sharpenstein, Dixieland and ragtime tuba player)
Posted April 27, 2006