In November, I was lucky enough to have a busy couple months in front of me. I had been perusing Facebook when Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Kenny Rampton popped up. His post was praising a product I’d never seen before.
Let me begin by saying that I am not being paid to endorse this***. These opinions are my own.
Robinson’s Remedies was founded by Ken Robinson, a trumpet player that had a cold sore problem. He set about to create a product that would help folks with cold sores but ended up with a product that all wind instrumentalists can use. It decreases swelling and absorbs quickly – so quickly that you can play immediately after applying it. No wax, no mess and it smells and tastes pretty good!
I used Robinson’s while playing multiple Radio City Christmas shows a day on consecutive days a few times a week and my lips weren’t nearly as swollen as they should have been. Honestly, for as much as I was playing, I should have been in much worse shape. To give you a better idea…
My triathlon coach has a saying that describes this gig:
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
The holidays are usually very physically demanding for brass players. Many players have ways of dealing: good hydration (alcohol or water), aspirin, arnica, rest….the list goes on.
I feel comfortable recommending Robinson’s Lip Remedy as the newest addition to your arsenal. Go forth and blow!
***When I wrote this post, I was not endorsed by Robinson’s Remedies. As of 2019, I have been endorsed by them.