from: Action, Adventure and Goldfish, 6/26/04

Brian S. Wilson:  The Avanti Feels Glued to the Road Even When Cruising at 100 mph!
 for Trombone and Percussion (1998)

(notes by the composer)

The idea for this piece arose from a real life adventure I experienced in an Avanti sports car. My trombonist friend Michael Williams had appeared and was a winning contestant on the television game show The Wheel of Fortune. He solved the bonus puzzle “Grandfather Clock” and won a considerable amount of cash as well as the Avanti sports car. Before the car had to sold to pay the taxes on the cash winnings, I was treated to a thrilling ride at breakneck speed, at least 100 mph, with the top down, through the back hills of the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. This car indeed does what the title of my piece says!

The fast tempi and gliding-like music near the end depict my journey. Like most of my music, there is reference to jazz idioms and Jewish liturgical music as well.