Nevada City, CA — Area Father Jacob Mares has a hobby that he thought he’d put to good use. The 34-year-old father of two has played the saxophone since he attended Seven Hills School as a child. After seeing several internet videos depicting musicians playing to various farm animals, Mr. Mares made several attempts to serenades several goat herds who were busy eating fire-prone brush.
However, in Mr. Mares’ case, not only did the goats seem nonplussed by his saxophone playing, they seemed annoyed, which reduced their grazing productivity. In addition, in two of his five outings, neighbors reported his activity to the sheriff.
“I kept seeing these Internet videos with people playing the piano, the trumpet, and whatnot, and the animals responded,” said Mr. Mares speaking from his Cottage Street home. “So I made my way out to where all ’em goats are eating up all those weeds. But this crazy lady started yelling at me and told me she was going to call the cops. Over what? playing the sax?”
Neighbors Not Impressed
Several neighbors were confused about Mr. Mares’ activity. April Woods, who lives on Lake Vera Road and near one goat operation, says the saxophone playing scared her dogs.
“I was doing my genealogy when the dogs started going crazy. When I went to see what was going on, that’s when I heard that horrible music. My Australian Shepherd was running around in circles and barking like crazy. That’s when I called the sheriff.”
Nevada County Deputy Sheriff Reese Donalds arrived in the late afternoon to find Mr. Mares playing what he referred to as “Kenny G’s greatest.” Deputy Donalds told Mr. mares about the complaints and asked him to cease playing. After a brief discussion, Mr. Mares agree to stop playing.
“I really thought I could help out,” continued Mr. Mares. “You know, make the goats happy. I was hoping they’d come up to me and do some goat dance or something. But they just ignored me. So I might come back later with my accordion. I bet they’ll dig that.”