06. July 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

“Scent free” means no scent has been added to whatever the product is, right? So does that mean that the person doing the search on “oboe free” is looking for a place where there are no oboes?
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06. July 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

The studio is ready. I mean … as ready as it can be since I can’t get carpet yet. I’ve painted. I’ve wallpapered. Dan has put in a nice ceiling light. I’ve cleaned the carpet as much as I can without getting it professionally cleaned. (Hmmm. Maybe I should?) I’ve even touched up my paint job as I’ve found “holidays” (those spots you miss just a little, you know?). The closet has shelving and I’ve moved in some of my books, as well as other music items that will make their home there.

I measured and plotted the room out on paper. The I measured all the furniture that will be moving into the room, and cut out pieces of paper so that I can play around with placement.

You know what?

The room is small.

It looks much bigger empty. Funny how that works.

The piano will fit very well into the cove, though. The oboe desk can go in one of two places, one appealing to me more because no one would see it from the hallway and, well, you know how oboe desks can look! I’ve ordered a Crate & Barrel puzzle bookcase which will go against the wallpapered wall. It will hold some of my music and art books, as well as some artwork.

Today I took the glider rocking chair we’ve had for 24 years to an upholstery shop to have it reupholstered. It will look great, I know. It will be my comfy chair, in my comfy room where I not only plan to teach and practice but relax. It will be, as well, the place where any parent who insists on staying for lessons will sit. (Yes, dear parents, I do put it that way! As I’ve said before, I like you to visit on occasion, but I think students benefit from having you gone sometimes, too!). The glider is one that my mother-in-law purchased for us when we were expecting our first child. I suspect I could have bought a new chair and maybe even saved a bit of money (who knows?) but this one holds a whole lot of memories and rocked three babies of mine! And … well … what’s money anyway?

I sure don’t know; I’ve spent all that I had! :-)

But anyway, the room really is ready for move in time. But now I think I’ll wait. The bookshelves can be picked up (to be put together, of course) in about a week and a half. The rocker in two weeks. So part of me doesn’t really want to move in yet; I want it all to be done at once. Is that silly?
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06. July 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

James Reel emailed me and included this:

By the way, I think your studio is coming along very nicely, but I can’t
resist pointing out the similarity of the wallpaper design to prison bars.
How do you really feel about the oboe, eh?

Well gee … guess I’ll have to think on this one, you know? ;-)
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06. July 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’ve never seen (or read) anything like this before. Much of it has to do with the newness of blogging, but still … the number of posts about Lorrie Hunt is simply incredible. Of course it doesn’t bring her back. And the posts will eventually stop. But it says quite a lot, I believe, about what an incredible person she was.

Blog Posts:

Iron Tongue of Midnight (Where I first read the sad news.)
Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Standing Room
Vissi d’Amore
Sounds & Fury
Night After Night
LIfe and Times of a Music Dork
vilaine fille
About Last Night
Prima la musica
My Favorite Intermissions
the concert
Counter/Point3.0
Counter/Point3.0
On An Overgrown Path
Vissi d’Amore
Classical Life
hella frisch
Monotonous Forest
listen
music (Dan Mitchell)
Cue Sheet
Sequenza21 (Jerry Bowles)
An Unamplified Voice
SLSO Blog
Rosenkavalier817’s Blah Blog
ionarts
Vissi d’Amore
Jessica Duchen’s classical music blog
Life and Times of a Music Dork
wellsung
Paul Viapiano
St. Boltoph’s Town
Vissi d’Amore
Cue Sheet
SLSO Blog
Sequenza21
Night after Night

In addition, there is this article by Normal Lebrecht, a lovely article by Tim Page, the New York Times’ article by Anthony Tommasini, and a very moving tribute by David Patrick Stearns.

What a tribute, don’t you think?

I don’t put all of this up here to wallow; I thought perhaps some readers here might not have links to all these blogs, and might want to read what others have to say. If anyone has more links for me to list, feel free to let me know at oboe (at) speakeasy (dot) com.

This world so wide suddenly feels very small to me. I think that that is one result of so many with like interests who blog from all corners.
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