18. October 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

But in the crucial central role, Ms. Jacobs often comes across as overly petulant and whiny.

Well … DUH. Ms. Jacobs is playing an oboe player! She is supposed to be overly petulant and whiny. It comes with the territory. ;-)

I had blogged earlier about this play A Feminine Ending. Or, truthfully, just put up a Blair Brown quote (she’s directing the play). The review doesn’t look promising.

And then there’s this:

Played by Gillian Jacobs, Amanda introduces herself in an opening monologue that threatens to swallow up half of the show’s 90 minutes. She speaks of the issue of gender in music and language and life; of her soon-to-be-a-famous-pop-star boyfriend, Jack Handel (Alec Beard); of the magic of the oboe. “It cannot be anything other than it already is,” she says. “It’s like the Hamlet of instruments.” (That’s a cute line, but like too much else here it doesn’t quite track.)

Um. “The Hamlet of instruments”? Do tell.

Oh … and the reviewer did comment on Amanda’s name: Amanda Blue … and didn’t like it. I dunno. Blue. Oboe. Works for me. But there was no comment on the rock singer’s name: Jack Handel. Hmmm. Handel couldn’t be an accident, right?

I did try to watch the video clips they say one can watch at the site, but it never worked. Oh well. I wanted to see if we ever see or hear an oboe. Guess I’ll never know. (But I have my doubts.)

I just downloaded this album from emusic.com. It’s called Oboe – French Sonatas. It includes Poulenc, Dutilleaux, Arnold, Schumann, and Lalliet. Hmmm. Is “French Sonata” referring to a style not the composers? (Yes, I’m stupid enough not to know if that could be the case. Stop laughing at me. Or shaking your heads. I’m an oboe player, Jim, not a scholar.)

When I transferred the music to iTunes I looked at Genre. emusic.com had classified it as “Reggae”!

Ah yes. Those good old Reggae French Sonatas!

Anyway, the player, Lee Yuen-Jeong is new to me. Anyone want to fill me in on this oboist?

(Side Note: Yummmmm … hot water for breakfast! ;-)

18. October 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.

-Sydney Smith (English essayist)