He played all sorts of woodwind and reed instruments: saxophones, clarinets, flutes, harmonicas, English horn, among others. Oh, and sometimes he played more than one saxophone or flute at a time–and it didn’t sound like rush hour traffic (unless he wanted it to, I guess).

Hmmm. I understand there are talented folks out there who double and triple and all that, but I’ve never known anyone to play two instruments at once. I’m guessing the writer meant that the musician could play the different saxes and flutes …? (Read here.)

Update
Having heard from the person who wrote the article, I can now say the guy did play more than one instrument at once. See for yourself. Unfortunately you can’t hear for yourself!

Update #2
It appears that one can hear him by clicking on a link at Wikipedia, but it didn’t work for me. So more searching took me to this and yes indeed, the guy plays more than one instrument at the same time. (You have to get through a bit of the video to get to the clip.)

Not my kind of music, but still … pretty amazing.

07. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Stolen Instrument

Since I know I do get readers from Georgia, I thought I’d post this for an IDRS member:

Fox Renard Model 220
Serial number 43787
Date Stolen: August 6th 2007

This is a bassoon, not an oboe, but we all like to look out for one another, yes? So if you see it around, let me know and I’ll send you the victim’s information so you can contact him.

07. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Okay, I’ve admitted before that I can fall for some funny stuff. Or maybe I fall for some, to be honest, bad stuff. But when it’s in Italian I’m just a sucker for it! (I found this via vilaine fille.)

OH … and I’m not saying the video is funny or bad. But man, it just turns me to mush! And I do think the language helps.

I suppose it’s not only Italian, though; I have a feeling you could sing in a lot of different languages and it would do the same. I’m a typical white American— I only speak English (although I can tell you to go fast, slow, loud and soft in Italian, of course). And I think other languages are stunningly beautiful. Maybe it’s just that I don’t know what the words are, though. Maybe it’s because, in some ways, it is “lyrics and music without words” or something.

Still, I do think there is something amazingly beautiful about the Italian language. (I guess Dan’s in big trouble if we ever go to Italy. I’d be easily seduced, eh?)

Another tune that does this to me is from a Cirque du Soleil show. And the songs in that show were all from a made up language.

Hmmm. I’m not sure what this says about me.

07. August 2007 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’m going to be doing a rather long drive in the near future. I’m just wondering if anyone has some suggestions for “Traveling Music” … not that I can afford to buy anything, but if I find your suggestions on emusic I can download some recordings (or tracks if you want to do it that way).

Just putting this out there … because I can.

07. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

Well, I have always thought that people would really crack up at what I’m thinking in the middle of playing a piece on stage or in the pit. But I will tell you I’ve never had pig on the brain. Ever. ;-)