28. April 2009 · Comments Off on Brandon! · Categories: Ramble

So Brandon has something up at emusic now! He had a track before, but you had to purchase a variety of folks to get his. This time it’s his and his alone. And there’s a picture of him … an interview … fun stuff!

Yeah, I’m a proud mama. :-)

It’s part of the emusic selects stuff, and the album is Dark Energy.

What fun!

28. April 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: TQOD

Oboe reeds are evil.

Poland’s Krystian Zimerman, widely regarded as one of the finest pianists in the world, created a furor Sunday night in his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall when he announced this would be his last performance in America because of the nation’s military policies overseas.

Before playing the final work on his recital, Karol Szymanowski’s “Variations on a Polish Folk Theme,” Zimerman sat silently at the piano for a moment, almost began to play, but then turned to the audience. In a quiet but angry voice that did not project well, he indicated that he could no longer play in a country whose military wants to control the whole world.

“Get your hands off of my country,” he said. He also made reference to the U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

I read it here.

Some people are unhappy with this. Some audience members booed and left. Some stayed but booed.

So should performers do something like this? Would this ruin your evening? If you agree with his thoughts does it then make it okay? What is a performer’s responsibility? What are his or her rights?

I’m just pondering. I won’t say what I think … because, to be honest, I can go back and forth on this one. Audience members pay to be entertained. I don’t know if they should be subjected to a lecture or not. I really don’t.

Thoughts?