21. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

I’m home from opera. And the performance was just fine.

But during intermission I became less than fine. It was pretty sudden; I started to get nauseous. A little dizzy as well. And I’m still nauseous.

This better pass. I do not have time to be sick. No time at all!

21. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

I’m tired.

Fridays are a bit crazy. I drive to UCSC to teach, and the day becomes rather long. I left home today at 7:00, stopped for coffee and a bagel, and got to my room at 8:30. I was in that room from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. I did not leave the room. Not once. I have a 30 minute break once my lessons begin at 9:00, but other than that break I’m teaching. I think perhaps it’s not the best and wisest schedule to have.

Now I’m home, and I have an opera to play tonight. I am a bit weary and can’t imagine making dinner. Maybe Dan and Jameson can go out to eat. I’d be quite content with raisin bran. :-)

21. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, Links, Musical Theatre

TNG fans will remember the struggles of Data, the oh-so-human android, to experience what it means to be a fallible member of the homo sapiens species. It’ll be interesting to see Brent Spiner, who played Data, tackling one of theater’s most delightfully fallible characters: Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha.”

Well, Spiner did appear in Sunday in the Park with George years ago, so he’s not new to musical theatre. But I’m having a difficult time seeing him ad Don Q. Maybe just my problem …? And he’ll have to sing To Dream the Impossible Dream … sigh … not my fave, I confess.

I read it here.

21. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

This is how my blog was analyzed:

ISFP – The Artists

The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living.

Try it yourself! Does it “fit”?

I had a recording session yesterday. I don’t do these very often, and I do find them stressful, because of course if I make a mistake it is right there for all to hear, and we have to re-record whatever it is I was playing.

This session was just me. Alone. I first played English horn. I had headphones on, so I could hear the singer and some instruments (Geesh, now I can’t remember if it was guitars only, or something else. How ridiculous is that?), and it all worked pretty well. For a while. With four sharps, left D# (of course!) and playing in the high range. (Later they moved sections down an octave to see if they liked that better and I think that’s what they’ve opted to go with. I did think the lower range sounded more lush for the part.) But … suddenly, going from G# to B was an issue. A key was sticking. Hmmm. It was second key, left hand (do you all call that the B key, as this guy does? I guess it’s called that because that’s the first key open when you play B?), and I thought maybe I just needed to clean the pad. That didn’t help. At all. Finally, after taking the EH up to a repair person who thought he might be able to fix it (he couldn’t), I realized that it was only when coming from the G# key that the key stuck. But if I used the right hand G# key, the key didn’t stick. Figure that one out for me, please. So back to the studio we went, and finished up with EH.

Then we added some oboe tracks. First up an octave. Then down. Then a bit of both, with a few other simple changes thrown in. Now I was hearing the singer, some other instruments, and my English horn via the headphones.

After that I went into the studio to hear what they did with me. Well … I sounded pretty good! I usually hate hearing myself, but this was great. Good microphones, good placement, and ah, that reverb. One can really sound good that way! After hearing it they (including the composer) decided more English horn could be put in in a few more places, so back to recording I went.

Of course now I have to figure out why a key sticks when I use the regular G# and not when I use the right G#. Anyone have an answer for that? Very odd!

But really, it was a great time, even with my nerves. The studio is walking distance from my house, too (not that I walked, since I had a bit to carry). I wouldn’t mind getting to do more work there!