Well, okay … readers know a lot of things that bug me:

  • Cigarette smokers who think the world is their ashtray
  • Litterers who think that my yard is their garbage can
  • Store clerks who think I’m their best friend and tell me personal things I just don’t want to know
  • Musicians who think they shouldn’t have to pay taxes (so they don’t report income) but get totally ticked off when a politician or religous leader gets caught skimping on taxes
  • People who make assumptions about others for no good reason
  • Yeah, sometimes I just get grumpy for no good reason. And to think that today is a Really Good Day here. Sorry!

    So enough of THAT! Those are some of my pet peeves and who the heck cares besides me?

    But right now what really bugs me is that this blog thing I do has some sort of glitch and if I try to see the information of folks who have joined I may or may not be able to. I’m assuming all members find a similar problem if they try to go to their info, although I don’t know for sure.

    Now I’m guessing that many who have joined didn’t tell me what state they are from anyway, and there’s really nothing else there that tells me about you. But it just bugs me. So there.

    But anyway … if anyone who is a member wants to introduce yourself and fill me in on who you are (what you play (if you play), where you are from, how you landed here, what you love, what your pet peeves are …) that would be kind of fun. See that discuss link below? That’s how you could tell me.

    Then again, it seems that most of you (there are 250 members) like to lurk. That’s okay. I understand. Lurk away. I guess.

    … and not just for this quote:

    In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

    ?Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Click here.

    And Mr. Denk really makes me want to go to Blue Bottle. But I’m not up for an hour’s drive, nor would it be very “green” of me. And I do like to be green! Today is a stay at home no matter what day. This is good for the environment, good for the house (I’ve already dusted, vacuumed, washed some windows, done laundry) and good for the pocketbook. I think it’s also good for the body, mind and spirit.

    This article made me kind of laugh. It just sounds so … I dunno … innocent, I guess. It’s in the Harvard Business School paper, and is called “Who Has Time for Classical Music?” The writer is telling business students that they should take time to go to classical music concerts, and then gives reasons why. Following the article you get a list of the “must listen to” music.

    Here it is, for your perusal:

    HBS Student Classical Repertoire List

    Renaissance Period
    MONTEVERDI, The Coronation of Poppea: Act III, Scene 7

    Baroque Period
    HANDEL, Messiah
    BACH, Cantata No.8
    HAYDN, Lord Nelson Mass

    Classical Period
    MOZART, Don Giovanni
    MOZART, Symphony No.40 in G minor
    BEETHOVEN, Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathetique)
    BEETHOVEN, Symphony No.5 in C minor

    Romantic Period
    BERLIOZ, Symphonie Fantastique
    BERLIOZ, La Damnation de Faust
    MENDOLSSOHN, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream
    CHOPIN, Premiere Ballade in G minor
    SCHUMANN, Piano Concerto in A minor
    LISZT, Wild Hunt: Transcendental Etude No.8
    RACHMANINOFF, Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.3, No.2
    GRIEG, Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (Norwegian Concerto)
    WAGNER, Die Walkure: Act III, Finale
    VERDI, La Traviata
    TCHAIKOVSKY, The Nutcracker
    DVORAK, Symphony No.9 in E minor (From the New World)

    Contemporary Period
    SKRYABIN, Piano Etude, Op.8, No.12

    Could any of you put a “must listen to” list together that looked anywhere similar to this (typos excluded). What would you list?

    Me? I couldn’t do it. I’m guessing my husband, Dan, could. Oh Daaaan?

    Anyway, I thought the article was rather juvenile and I’m a bit shocked that it comes from Harvard Business School. Looking more carefully I see that it’s written by someone with a diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Say what?!

    But what the heck do I know? Am I being my typicall harsh self? Do tell.

    “Wait!” he commanded his listener. “Wait for this! A high F! Here it comes . . .” And as the notes climbed and reached, dancing higher and higher until they concluded with one last pure sound, Meyers smiled, and seemed very, very pleased.

    Um. Okay. I hate playing high F, but it’s really no longer considered a big deal … is it?

    In any case, that’s only the last paragraph of a very bizarre article about an oboist who has been arrested

    The article tells us, early on:

    Today, however, Meyers will face the music in a courtroom in Greenbelt. Having pleaded guilty in November to three counts of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering, he awaits sentencing by a federal judge. Meyers could receive up to 20 years in prison. Even one year away, he says, would surely spell the end of his music career.

    (Don’t you just hate those silly little musical inserts … “face the music”?! … ugh. Not terribly original.)

    Um. Yes, being in prison for 20 years when one is 62 isn’t a good thing. And one year away could put an end to his career. Poor guy. All for something for which he’s completely innocent, I’m sure. But of course maybe he can do some of those opera productions I blogged about yesterday. But still, he’s just got to be innocent. What musician—especially an oboist—would ever do something illegal? We are all so darn honest, I tell you.

    And Hatto really did play for those recordings.

    Okay, okay, he’s innocent until proven guilty. I’ll wait. But you know us oboists. We carry knives. We carry razor blades. And we are crazy. And mostly poor. Go figure. Oh … and I should probably admit I’m quite opposed to gambling, which is why I’m behaving badly for this blog entry.

    Update
    Okay … I shouldn’t make light of someone’s life. So I do apologize for that. After sitting on this for a while I start to feel a bit bad. I hope the guy isn’t put in prison for 20 years. I hope he isn’t as guilty as some might say. And I hope this doesn’t ruin his oboe playing life.

    Will I be playing when I’m 61. Hmmm. I wonder.

    Thanks to Robert Levine, principal violist of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, for this news item. :-)