14. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

We play for ourselves, but also sometimes for a captive audience of elderly people in a care facility, who seem to like it. Maybe when we play at an assisted living community, they’ll be a tougher crowd.

-Dr. Bob Buxbaum

This doctor began oboe at 40! He also works in Palliative care. While I like him for the former, the admire him for the latter. RTWT

14. August 2007 · 2 comments · Categories: Quotes

Okay, folks, this is an article about a golf tournament:

Another for whom the game comes easy is Els, who’s finally looking like the player he was before his knee injury. At the Open Championship at Hoylake last year, Els was very much in contention but didn’t play second fiddle to Woods during the weekend so much as fifth oboe.

Is this as funny to you as it is to me? FIFTH oboe? Geesh.

RTWT

14. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links

This is funny.

I’ve witnessed a battle with Battle. But I’ll leave it at that. (My pals will recall it, I’m sure.)

14. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble, Videos

So Kelsey blogs about her guinea pigs and their reaction to hearing her come in the door with rustling bags. Too cute! (See the YouTube video.)

But really, maybe they are just whistling because Kelsey’s cute, huh?

(I remember when construction workers used to whistle at me. I would get furious. I wanted to so something crass … like maybe spit at them … to show my disgust. Construction workers no longer whistle at me. I want to so something crass … like maybe spit at them … to show my disgust. ;-)

Speaking of whistling … this is one way I describe the oboe embouchure to students. It’s also always “corners forward!” or “think “ewwww” and “chin flat, point to the ground!”. They get used to hearing these a lot. Anyone use any other description to get students to stop pulling back (which can make a player rather sharp)? I love the picture in Jay Light’s book, Essays for Oboists, that shows an anteater for the proper embouchure and a cabbage patch doll for the incorrect one.

So if S&F (king of the royal we**) doesn’t particularly care for the iPod, maybe he’d go for this? ;-)

(Found via Musical Assumptions which had a link (or lonk as I typed first. Hmmm.) to another fun page.)

Of course you’d have to be at that concert hall. Not terribly portable. Which is what iPod is about. I think. (And yeah, it was a while ago, too. So you might have to time travel.)

And yes, S&F is right; I just don’t get too upset if someone else dislikes the iPod. I don’t get upset about a lot, actually. Life is too short.

I was on vacation this past weekend. Normally that’s when the iPod gets pulled out, since I do like to listen to music on the road. But, alas, my iPod was left out in the cold, as our son played his the entire time. We went from Queen to Copland to Smashing Pumpkins to a bit of Sondheim. From Simon & Garfunkel to Johnny Cash to Dylan. No Glass this time, though. Unusual for Jameson, really. (And I find Glass to be good travelin’ music.)

Anyway, I had downloaded some music for the trip (Swingle Singers, Loudon Wainwright III, Will Stratton, Sinéad O’Connor, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) just to check them out. Guess I’ll have to actually take the time to listen at home, eh? And yeah, no classical music listed there. I did download some Holmboe, though, along with Anonymous 4 (although those were actually hymns and various tunes), but I didn’t think the other passengers would care for those downloads. And I’m nice about not inflicting my stuff on others. (Or maybe I fear being ridiculed.)

**Oops! I’ve been kindly corrected. Not a “royal we” (RW) but an “editorial we” (EW). What would I do without all of you intelligent folk out there? (Now why don’t you all start making reeds for me too, eh?;-)