I had the good fortune to be able to attend a rehearsal of my friend’s band the other day; the Firecracker Jazz Band. They are easily one of the best bands playing regularly in Asheville right now, and it was an incredible learning experience to be able to listen to such talented musicians work on their sound. Very fascinating. Then, as an extra treat, the trumpet player heard an oboe on the street below us and he yelled to them to come up and play. Turns out she was just half of an oboe/accordion duo that was traveling back to Vermont from Florida. And they were bad-ass, I might add. They played a couple of tunes for us in the old French Musette style before we parted ways, but the randomness of the meeting is what struck me. If there was any doubt before, I have decided Asheville is a good place to be.