17. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

Someone pointed out that the San Francisco Classical Voice did actually have many good things to say about our production of The Flying Dutchman. So I stand (or, at this moment, sit corrected. The reviewer did, in fact, mention the orchestra’s performance of the overture in this way:

Conductor David Rohrbaugh’s orchestra gave a vigorous account of this magnificent piece, with muscular horncalls, tempestuous runs and tremolos from the strings, and exquisite playing by the woodwind choir at each statement of the “Redemption” melody.

How did I not see that?!

Well, let me explain (although those of you who know me will already know how I missed it!): I see the negative. I rarely see the positive. If someone does happen to say something positive I often see the negative even in that.

For instance “Great performance tonight, Patty!” means “You sure sounded rotten last night.” “You really look nice today” means “Finally, I can stand to look at you.”

So you see? It’s the (sad) way my brain works.

If you knew me face-to-face you’d grow to love this in me.

Or maybe not.

But you’d grow to understand how my mind works. And probably decided it’s not worth complimenting me! ;-)

Anyway, I do apologize for misleading you all into thinking the review was entirely negative when, in fact, it is I who am totally negative. I’ll change. Very soon. I promise!

In fact … suggesting I will change has already implied something positive, don’t you think?
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