The fire alarm went off in the music building about fifteen minutes ago. The pain of the alarm was excruciating. It was the sort of piercing sound that would get everyone out of the buildings incredibly fast. Unfortunately I also believe it could damage our hearing. And then we got outside and the screeching was out there as well!

Ah well.

The fire department arrived and switched the sound off. But not until after all of us had aching ears. (And a poor guide dog looked scared to death.)

Back to work ….

BTW

26. November 2007 · Comments Off on BTW · Categories: Ramble

I am not Catholic, so I don’t have to listen to the pope. Just so you know.

Right now, though, I’m listening to Manon Lescaut with Freni, Pavarotti and Croft. Did Puccini listen to the pope? I’m guessing not, but what do I know?

26. November 2007 · Comments Off on This I Did Not Know · Categories: Ramble

Woodhams had other passions. She loved art, architecture and music. She and her husband started the California Youth Symphony in 1952. Richard Woodhams grew up to be a renowned oboist.

“I suppose playing classical music is a kind of historic preservation,” he said. (RTWT)

The quote above is about oboist Richard Woodhams’ mother. She was a Bay Area resident. One of her daughters has played flute with groups I’ve been in. I didn’t know about the mother, nor did I know she and her husband started CYS.

(I’d love to see that 4 million dollar house her children will be selling.)

26. November 2007 · Comments Off on Well No Wonder! · Categories: Links, Ramble

I don’t really keep up with the Heather Mills/Paul McCartney divorce and all that goes with it, although of course you can hardly miss the news blurbs. But I don’t know them. I don’t feel in any way connected to them even though McCartney is now a “classical” composer. Until now:

The 39-year-old former model – who lost her left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1993 – was also overheard telling fellow guests she was a trained musician who played the oboe. (RTWT)

And there you go. The real (oboe) reason the marriage didn’t work. Duh.

But what the heck was a model doing playing oboe?

26. November 2007 · Comments Off on You Know You Want It Too! · Categories: Ramble

For some unknown reason I have The Brady Bunch theme song in my head and it won’t go away.

I just thought I’d share. 😉

25. November 2007 · Comments Off on Read the Rest · Categories: Links

The personal became the corporate, and the corporal transcended its usual bounds. I felt immense uplift after that concert. I know I am not alone, and I think I know why.

That’s the end of the blogpost. So read the rest. I always enjoy the way James Roe writes. I wish I could also hear him play. Maybe someday …?

25. November 2007 · Comments Off on No Concert in Kuala Lumpur · Categories: Links

I just read this. I think I would have given up sooner.

24. November 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

It is possible to modernise holy music, but it should not happen outside the traditional path of Gregorian chants or sacred polyphonic choral music.

-Pope Benedict XVI (RTWT)

Review #3.

The BSO’s Principal Oboe player, John Ferrillo Jr., was paid an annual salary of $232,420 by the BSO in 2005 …. (RTWT)

So, well, I’m sure that’s what I’d make too. IF ..
1) I were principal in a symphony (I’m second)
2) If I were in Boston Symphony … or something of that sort
3) If I were a good enough player! 🙂

I’m NOT saying he’s not worth this amount. Playing principal oboe in a major symphony orchestra is incredibly stressful, and requires a top-notch player. Just so you know!

Of course he makes much more than Dan and I combined. Go figure.