The concert went well. Or at least the Debussy went well; since I don’t play the rest I only heard it with “half an ear” or so.

The Debussy really worked well. George Cleve is pretty darn great with Debussy, and I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did!

I was able to offer my students and their families complimentary tickets this time. Not one came. It kind of makes me sad. Some have never been to a professional concert. Ever. I hope I can get them to change that at some point. But I guess I can’t force them to go.

Or can I? Hmmm. ;-)

16. October 2008 · Comments Off on Could I Do This? Doubt It! · Categories: Links, Other People's Words, Ramble, Videos, Watch

Thanks to The Collaborative Pianist, I’ve found a singer’s blog. On it, she has a vlog. (Warning: you will encounter the f-word on at least one of the vlogs.)

Could I ever do something like this? I wonder. I’m assuming that after she records herself she probably … gasp! … watches it. I just don’t think I could do that. The image in my head of who I am differs from the reality of who I am. I hate having my little better-than-reality image wiped out completely. Hmmm.

Anyway, this new blog, professional auditionee, will certainly be added to my already quite long bloglist on the right side of this page. (Do check them out! Many are much better writers than I, and many are also full of a lot of insight. Even if they don’t play oboe.)

16. October 2008 · Comments Off on And btw … · Categories: Ramble

If you register for this blog your first comment has to be approved by yours truly. Until I receive a return email to my “Welcome” one the comment stays in moderation limbo land. So please, if you are new to oboeinsight, reply to my email. I will then approve your comment and it’ll appear with its corresponding blog entry. It’s easy. Honest!

16. October 2008 · Comments Off on I’ll Confess … · Categories: Ramble

I’m sort of missing the Facebook thing; I liked seeing what everyone was doing. :-(

16. October 2008 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

I love sleeping and taking naps to classical music.

16. October 2008 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I have 1,500 to 1,600 species of trees – one of the biggest collections in Eastern Europe. Sometimes I’m not sure which passion is bigger, planting the trees or writing music. There is some similarity. When I’m putting down a tree, I have to think of how it will look in 50 years. It’s like an unfinished symphony. The labyrinth is like the life of the composer. You’re always lost in a labyrinth, never going in a straight way, with no way to tell if you go left or right. Just like my music.

-Krzysztof Penderecki

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