So this guy, James Rhodes, is on a mission. I read it first here where, clearly, the writer isn’t blown away.

And no, I’ve never played in a concert hall that smelled of urine. Some of the backstage bathrooms were pretty awful, but no one in the audience would have a clue about that. And I’m seeing old people at concerts, it’s true, but I’m also seeing some kids, and even hearing babies cry at times. (Why oh why do people bring infants to concerts? I’m puzzled by that one!)

So anyway, I wanted to read more about this lover and promoter of classical music. So I checked this article out, and an even earlier one. They guy likes to swear a lot and smoke. He’s edgy. He likes to dress in t shirts, jeans and sneakers. But what’s most important is “Can he play?”

(I think he needs to clip his fingernails … isn’t that what I’m hearing clicking away?)

I’ll let you all be the judge of his music.

Here he is (below, I mean), playing what he is calling the “Bach Marcello” and now I’m just confused and feeling like an idiot because I thought it was the Marcello Oboe Concerto. Are we playing a transcription of this by someone else?

Again, you can judge for yourself what you think of the music (I have an opinion, but I don’t want to jump in here and color what you might think):


  1. JSB arranged the Marcello concerto for keyboard, BWV 974. Probably only an oboist would know the original better than the arrangement!

  2. Really, Randy? I thought everyone knew and loved the Marcello Oboe Concerto! 😉

    Thanks for the info. I suppose I could have looked it up, but I’m lazy.

  3. James Rhodes’ philosophy do not speak to me.

    James Rhodes’ musical performances do not speak to me either.

    As a commenter on the first linked article said, “Nothing special”.

    Perhaps if Mr Rhodes grew his fingernails longer and then painted them carmine red and wore a dress, he’d HAVE something…