01. August 2008 · 9 comments · Categories: Ramble

I just read a blog by a college student who will soon be applying to grad schools. In the current blog entry the student names and says negative things about a rather well known university oboe instructor.

Bad idea.

Even though the student isn’t applying to that school at this point, the named person could easily run across the blog (one only has to google one’s name to come across “interesting” things) and other instructors might now reading the blog as well. In addition, google alerts can fill us in when certain names are mentioned, or certain instruments (gee, can you guess which instruments I might have put in there?).

It’s just not a good idea to bad mouth someone you may eventually run into, need as your advocate, or end up sitting next to when you play a gig. Really. And another teacher might read that and think, “Bad attitude!” or “Well, I really like that instructor the student wrote about so I’m not sure I want to take on that student.” You just don’t know.

And no, I’m not going to contact the instructor, nor will I contact the instructor the student really wishes to study with. I’m also not going to link to the student’s blog. (The student should really set that blog to private, though!) I can be mean sometimes, but not like that. Just like I won’t “out” an anonymous blogger even when I am distressed by what I have read. But someone else might …?

It is so easy to write things on a blog that one doesn’t fully think about. I know I’ve done that. Some of you have graciously contacted me to say, “You really want to have that there?” I appreciate that greatly. :-)

01. August 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Links

Classical Music institutions, programmers, and artists have to struggle with the general perception that the genre is boring, elitist and not worthy of mass consumption. I generally disagree with these statements, but obviously many marketing professionals working in the area are not helping much to dispel these myths. In these visually driven times, how you present your content has become as important as the content itself. I am afraid many cultural institutions could learn a lesson or two from pop culture.

I agree with much of what the person writes. I have a son who does design and I know he’s looked at some things I’ve brought home and wondered what is UP with us.

I wonder too. :-(

01. August 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: BQOD

i can’t worry about the future though, because it isn’t happening yet. on a positive note, i picked up my oboe (finally) and started practicing in earnest. strangely enough, i’m taking immense pleasure in playing scales over and over and over again. i can’t change my lack of practicing in the past, but i can change it TODAY, and that’s what i did. i’m taking it slow and building my face back up…

Hoorah for scales. Hoorah for taking pleasure in them. And hoorah for a positive attitude. :-)

(But oops! Didn’t mean to offer up two BQODs in one day. Oh well. Too late now.)

01. August 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: BQOD

Whenever I attend a symphony concert, I always find myself wondering why anyone would want to become a professional bassoon player. Percussionists have fun, and double-bass players can work night jobs in jazz clubs, but what’s the attraction of the bassoon? I’d think double-reed players would gravitate toward something a little sexier. Even the oboe once appeared in a Sonny and Cher song.(Remember? “Babe…Mmmp-ahh-ahh-mmp-ahh-ahh-mmp-ahh-ahh-mmp-ahh-ahh…I got you, babe!” Those “Mmp-aah-ahhs” were made by an oboe.)

So sorry, DK. ;-)