18. July 2007 · Comments Off on Home · Categories: Ramble, sfsymphonybloggers07

Dan and I are just home from the San Francisco Symphony concert that bloggers were invited to attend. I will be blogging more tomorrow; right now I’m fairly fried. But Dan is quickly seeing about photos, so if he gets to that soon enough I’ll post a few.

Just a few quick things:

  • Why do some parents bring a child who is young enough to cry and sleep but not old enough to enjoy a concert?
  • What was that high humming noise—quite subtle, mind you—I heard. Lights? Fans? I wonder. I’m sure a lot of people don’t hear it, but I can tell you that Davies isn’t a silent hall.
  • GREAT FUN to meet bloggers “Monsieur C-” The Standing Room (he sat at the concert) and “SFMike” of Civic Center. I met a few other folks too, but I didn’t know them via their blogs prior to tonight, and no blog URLs were handed out. (I did have my cards with me, but I wasn’t about to pester people with them unless they handed me one first.)
  • I love Steve Paulson’s playing. He always sounds so great!
  • The horns were fantastic.
  • I don’t get Rachmaninoff. I don’t get Rachmaninoff. I don’t get Rachmaninoff.

    More on that last one tomorrow, as well as more comments about the concert and program, and seeing Maestro Gaffigan. (Sorry, Cooper, but we didn’t get to actually shake hands or anything, or I would have given him your greeting.)

    Okay. Enough for tonight. I’m tired.

    Oh. And I wore brown. Well, a patterned skirt. But mostly brown. Not black. Even brown shoes. (So many musicians, even when wearing colors, still wear black shoes!) :-)

  • 18. July 2007 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

    I get a lot of visitors from North America. I also get a good number from Europe. I usually have three or four from Australia when I check, sometimes 1 from New Zealand, and the occasional Hong Kong and Singapore visitors. What I rarely see are visitors from South America or Africa, although I’ve had one or two from each.

    Dear visitors, do feel free to drop me a line if you are here. And join up if you’d like; you don’t have to pay a fee, clean my yard, or even make me an oboe reed. I promise!

    18. July 2007 · 4 comments · Categories: Quotes


    Shall we find a pub, or would you prefer a restaurant?

    Silly question—a pub of course. You forget I’m a musician.

    -Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Orchestrated Death (conversation between the Slider and Joanna)

    18. July 2007 · Comments Off on But Most Importantly … · Categories: Ramble, sfsymphonybloggers07

    So tonight is the night for my San Francisco Symphony experience. It includes an intermission reception for we “Citizen Bloggers” and the opportunity to meet Maestro James Gaffigan. It also includes photography, and Dan, master of photography (if you ask me!) is accompanying me so I’ll leave that art up to him.

    I am nervous. Like many a blogger, I’m an introvert. Like many a musician, I’m an introvert. Like many in my family, I’m an introvert.

    And I’m going to be meeting other bloggers. My guess? Some of them are introverts as well.

    So I’ll put on my best “performer hat” and be brave and strong. Or at least not too shy. I hope!

    But … most important in all this …???

    What the heck do I wear?! We musicians have a lot of black. More than you might imagine. But do I don the black when I’m not being a musician? It seems … well … sort of lame. So I’m going to attempt to not wear black. Even though I think the dusty rose blouse I have, so much more feminine than what I usually wear, makes me actually feel as if I look pretty nice. Still, if I can find something else and I can avoid the uniform color I’ll give it my best shot.

    Shoot, I even went shopping this morning and bought a sweater (I suspect a chill in SF) and shoes. Both brown. Not black.

    Daring of me, eh?

    Of course I might wimp out by this afternoon and don the black. It’s what I’m most comfortable in, after all. Time will tell.

    I hope I see some readers there! It would be great to put faces with blogs.

    18. July 2007 · Comments Off on Seattle Symphony · Categories: Ramble

    Want to audition for the Principal Oboe position in Seattle? Then get to work!

    (Keep in mind Seattle isn’t in the union and I’ve heard tales of unhappiness. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. Then again, maybe it’s actually incredibly pleasant and the complaints are just … well … you know how we musicians can be!)