My client was a music producer who brought me in to assist with an album project for a young singer with Broadway and tour credits as the unofficial contractor. I hired local musicians and played certain instrumental parts myself.
One song had been orchestrated by the tour musical director; the producer was very keen that our recorded version adhered perfectly to that score. We had a meeting with the manager to ensure nothing was overlooked.
Client: You’ll notice that the percussion part specifies that these measures need to be played on a “mark tree”.
These words were enunciated slowly, as if they were actually surrounded by quotes and might be misunderstood otherwise.)
Me: No problem. That’s just bar chimes. We already have those.
Client: No, you don’t understand. It specifically says that a “mark tree” is required here.
Me: “Mark Tree” is the official orchestral term for bar chimes. Really. They’re the same thing. A mark tree is a set of bar chimes. This studio has two sets of them, and I even have a set of my own. We have everything we need.
Client: (turning away from me and towards the manager) We need to locate a “mark tree”.