Sorry, guys … this was the best I did. Next time I want to get you up there pre-concert so I can get better pictures!

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Better than nothing? I dunno.

I like control. I’ll admit it: I’m a control freak. (My poor daughter has to deal with this in regard to her wedding. She’s coping, but I know I’m a challenge. Still, I’ve helped with the photographer (my FAVE of everything I’ve located), the floral arranger, finding a cake, the location and the guitarist … so I think she’s okay with me. Sometimes. Or maybe I’m just trying to justify my annoying habits!)

But I just read this:

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is the first major orchestra to partner with InstantEncore.com to place recordings on the Internet. Many of the ISO’s Lilly Classical Series concerts will be available online within two days after the live performance. People will be able to listen for free and download many of the programs for a small fee.

My immediate thought is, “Gee. Do the musicians have any say? What if someone—say a control freak double reed player or something— hated her performance?” Hmmm.

I read the announcement here.

I know that Symphony Silicon Valley puts some of our works up at the site. We aren’t asked. I’m sure the conductor is asked. But we aren’t. Makes me very nervous. Sort of like I’m out of control.

Speaking of out of control: my ear or jaw or whatever it is issue is back. What a pain this is! It’s always on my left side. And, if I go by this picture I guess it’s the “crest of helix” that is sensitive to the touch. But is it really that that is hurting, or is it my jaw and I only feel as if it’s that? I honestly don’t know. My dentist saw nothing that looked wrong. I went to the doctor once to see if I had an ear infection (not thinking that hurting on the outside doesn’t signal an ear infection … duh!) and she said everything looked fab. So what the heck this is I don’t know, but it’s enough to keep me from moving, it hurts so much. And yes, I’ve taken pain medication. So far it hasn’t kicked in. You know how sometimes something hurts enough you feel like you are going to throw up …. (Sorry. Maybe I shouldn’t gross all of you out?)

I’m only blogging this in case someone has had this and can say, “I know exactly what this is!” Maybe then I won’t feel so crazy. ;-)

Sviatoslav Richter felt comfortable on the stage, but at times he was unable to go anywhere else without clutching his pink plastic lobster.

Well, maybe not. I’m not a pianist. And I’ll never be famous. (RTWT. I found the link via collaborative piano.)

I don’t know that I have any goofy habits like this. At least not that I know of! I’ll shake your hand. I am not one of those who can’t eat before performances. I don’t have any superstitions. I just want to be sure to remember to bring my oboe, reeds and music to the concert. That’s important. I’m an obsessive swabber, but if you ever had water in a key during a very important solo you’d be too. Other than that, I think I’m boring. So sorry.

But if I were a famous oboist maybe things would be different. Maybe I’d have to search for a plastic lobster.