22. October 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’m not a real national anthemn fan. I prefer America the Beautiful myself. The latter is a prettier song, and more singable. I also like the words better. Tonight’s baseball game once again reminded me of how awful The Star Spangled Banner can be sung. I’m refraining from writing bloody awful because I’m not British and it seems as if I’m attempting to be who I am not when I type that.

Oh. Wait. I just typed “bloody awful” didn’t I? Now I’ve typed it twice! Shame on me. That’s just bloody awful of me.

Ah well. At least I admit when I’m bloody awful.

I also noticed the announcer requested that all men remove their caps before the song was sung. Does that mean that when my children instructed me to remove my Giants cap this summer they were wrong?

I’m cheering for Detroit, although I’m not going to weep buckets if they lose, and I do have a fondness for the Cardinal’s coach, Tony LaRussa; on a news segment years ago I saw him doing a bit ‘o ballet. They were advertising for the Oakland Nutcracker (I think) and I admired him for allowing them to put him on the tube.

Okay … here we go … strike 1!
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Among the music she’s selected are two Renaissance dances by the what must be every oboists’ favorite composer, given the number of pieces he wrote for the instrument, Tielmann Susato.

Okay. I know I am not familiar with every single composer in the world. I realize I’m not as well educated or as well read as many of my colleagues. But … Tielman Susato?!

First of all, I will admit quite readily that I had never heard of the composer before. I have this belief that admitting that I don’t know something is just fine. Call me silly. But then to read a short article that suggests that he must be “every oboists’ favorite composer” is, to this oboist, rather baffling.

Comments? Anyone?

I’ve now done my studying and will, from here on out, know the name Tielman Susato. But it is highly unlikely that he will ever become my favorite composer.

Update
Piko suggests that the writer may have been thinking Telemann. That came to my mind as well … but it’s the first name of this favorite composer’s name, so if the writer really w as thinking that, he or she sure is clueless.

Oh … and reading the little blurb again I realized I hadn’t read to the very end where it’s written:

The concert is free, Laib said, “and worth every penny.”

Oh my! Isn’t suggesting the concert is worth nothing? Hmmm!

What other composer do you think of when you think of Paul McCartney. C’mon. You gotta think of Paul now and then.

Don’t you?

Me? Paul McC often makes me think of Johann Sebastian Bach. Doesn’t that happen with you as well?

According to this, music expert Bill Gates thinks of Bach as well.

How about that?

Or maybe Bill is thinking of some other Bach? We don’t get the actual quote in the article. Hmmm. Maybe it’s actually the guy who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

22. October 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

It was never my goal to achieve fame for fame itself. There’s tremendous fulfillment and pleasure by knowing and feeling that at least from time to time I give others pleasure. It’s not a one-way street, and it’s not at all a selfish act, playing music. At its best it’s a selfless act. And when those moments occur, it’s an indescribable feeling.

-Gary Hoffman

(Mr. Hoffman will be soloing with Symphony Silicon Valley next Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, playing Shostakovich’s first cello concerto. The quote above is from this article by Richard Scheinin.)
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