08. April 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

… except that just a few musicians drink beer:

“Would you like your beer in a glass, or do you prefer glass in your beer?”

Yikes! At least Sam Adams has alerted folks … but how many will find that info?

(Yes, I drink Sam Adams beer on occasion.)

08. April 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

A violinist left his instrument behind and it trying to get it back. Read about it here.

I haven’t done that kind of thing in a while, but I remember doing it a few times. Dan and I would go out after a concert and I’d forget I had my oboe. I never forgot for long, but the fear that hit me when I realized what I’d done was amazingly horrible. And I don’t even play one of those expensive violins!

I feel for the guy. Which is why I’m posting this here; you never know who might read it.

The violin was made in 1972 and has an orange-red finish, carrying the name Ansaldo Poggi, the Italian artisan who made the violin. Ansaldo Poggi (1893-1984) is considered to be one of the better 20th century violin makers, said Ric Heinl who runs George Heinl & Company Limited, a rare and fine violin shop based in Toronto.

08. April 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Today should really be a day to recover from the very busy weekend & Monday I’ve just had. But, alas, that isn’t the case, so it’s off to work I go!

I have SCU, then students at home, and finally a recital rehearsal.

At least it means I don’t have to suffer, watching The Giants play. Whew.

Now it’s off to see if I remember how to put an oboe together. If I don’t, I’ll be right back to ask you all about that. ;-) (I’d use this, but they say the pitch is adjusted by pulling the reed in and out, and that our sound is “nasal and thin”, so what do they know?)

08. April 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

So what can you tell me about nodes? And what if you have one on a vocal cord, but it hasn’t hardened (I think that’s what I was told?) yet. And what if one vocal cord is much larger than the other. And does acid reflux cause any of this?

And and and …

Not for me, of course. I don’t sing well enough to worry about that sort of thing. But what if you were told these things and were, perhaps, supposed to sing a role in an opera — say, The Consul — in the next few months?

What Would You Do? Do tell! :-)