17. June 2006 · Comments Off on A Tad on the Warm Side · Categories: imported, Ramble

I am playing a wedding at 5:00 today. It’s an outdoor, winery-setting, Los Gatos wedding, and it’s not going to be a cool day. I checked a weather site, and it suggests it’ll be 86. Sigh. I have played in much hotter weather, though. Once, up at a winery, it was 112. That was killer hot.

Playing when it’s really hot affects my embouchure for some reason; I tend to tire easier. This wedding won’t be a problem, as I only play for about fifteen minutes, but I do get annoyed when I have a weaker embouchure than I should.

Mostly, though, it’s What to Wear!? I don’t like to draw attention to myself (I prefer, in fact, to play from somewhere where I won’t be seen, but most people don’t agree with me on that one!) and I certainly don’t want to clash with the attendants in the wedding party. And of course I don’t want to wear white. (I can’t keep white clean anyway!) So I just went shopping. I haven’t bought clothes in a long while, and I hate shopping. I found two skirts and two tops and I’ll see which feels right in an hour or so. I think I’ll wind up with the black and white skirt and a black short sleeve sweater top. Seems like that’s a safe way to go. And I always feel comfortable in black, even when it’s hot.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ll be playing Gabriel’s Oboe for the bride’s entrance. It’s a lovely little piece, but I do struggle with it because I identify it with the movie The Mission. (After all, that’s where the tune comes from.) I won’t say anything about the picture I get in my head. Yet. Maybe I”ll fill you in after the wedding, though. We’ll see.

Other than that work, I’ll play some from Telemann’s Fantasies and then, should I need to, I’ll make up my own tunes. I like doing that, because I can time them to fit, and for some reason they never tire me like written works do. I’m not sure why that is, but there you go.

So summer is here and that means some students go off to other parts of the world so I won’t see them for two or three months. I usually get a few new students, and this is the case this summer. Welcome to the newbies! I’m very happy to have you on board. Some summers I lose a few students, and this is one where I am losing one. Only one, which is nice, but oh how I’ll miss that student. Bye Olivia! I wish you all the best with your art, and I’m sorry oboe has had to bow out of your life. You have done so well, and I hope you are proud of your hard work. Remember, you can always pick it up and toot a bit!

Well, the Giants are about to play. I have to have my priorities … you know? Ciao!

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