11. May 2008 · 6 comments · Categories: Links, Ramble

Many of the best tracks in aggressive classical music are great introduction to the Classical genre for anyone who might be experiencing Classical music for the first time

I dunno. Just made me laugh. Not sure why. (Maybe one of you can explain that to me?) But anyway, you can see the list here. Perhaps you’ll puzzle over it as much as I did. Ravel’s Bolero? A couple of numbers from The Nutrcracker?

I guess my idea of aggressive is just different than that writer’s. Hmm?

David Bratman wasn’t as harsh as Scheinin. But his review isn’t completely positive.

Still, I guess he didn’t hate it, and he even writes that he’s not a Gershwin fan. So not totally hating it is a good thing, right? I know how I am when I go in to something not caring for a composer. (But read on below to see what I have to do if I’m working.)

(And we were sitting where we sat so our ears weren’t blasted away by the saxes, just so you know. It was actually our request to be moved. :-)

I have nothing in the concert, really. I’m not sure I would be missed if I had to skip out. It’s possible the Concerto might have a few small holes, but I’m not even certain of that. I’m not sure which is worse: feeling entirely unnecessary or being scared to death by a huge solo. Hard to say! But being scared to death keeps me more awake.

… okay … on to the “what do I do when I really don’t like a piece, a composer or a particular gig?”

I simply convince myself to believe in whatever I’m doing. Really. If I can’t do that, I don’t enjoy myself and I might not play as well. So if I’m playing a job that is miserable, I lie to myself. (Heck, I like to myself about my weight … why not about other things?!) I make the music matter, even when it doesn’t. I attempt to be the actor I think I can be (truth be told, I’m amazed by actors and could never become a real one). I try to sell whatever it is I’m doing. No matter what. If I take the gig, I’d better believe it in while I’m doing it.

Later on … well … that’s another story!

11. May 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

… with Strike up the Band and Me (from “Beauty and the Beast”) as a sort of MedleyInTheHead™ is not a good sign for the day.

Is it?