30. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I want to make piercing too..but I cannot..I cannot have piercing bcs I play the oboe-I want it on mouth.

30. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Other People's Words

I hate pictures of myself, and I’ve never done the headshot thing. I guess I probably should have at some point; there are rare occasions when I’m asked for my picture and I don’t have much to offer.

But I love what Kim Whitman says in her blog about this. And one line was especially good:

We want to hire you, not be seduced by you. Yes, your headshot can be too sexy.

I’ve seen some headshots that look like that. I find them annoying.

Me? I think I should have one that makes me look thinner, younger, and beautiful. Now is that asking too much?

Um. Yeah. It is.

Never mind. I actually want one that really looks like me. Maybe someday …?

30. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

If I am understanding what I’m reading, this is a high school student who put this together for a talent show. Lots of fun! :-)

30. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

… and so unusual!

Or not.

But I read the paragraph below here.

Most of the numbers in his show deal with magic, however obliquely. Parodying the role of Harry Houdini, which he originated in the West Coast production of “Ragtime,” he arrived onstage in handcuffs, which he tried futilely to shake off in the Houdini manner. There was a “Bewitched Medley,” in which he played the oboe deliberately off-key. Later in the show he twirled the instrument like a baton.

I would have loved to have found a YouTube video of Jason Graae playing oboe. And twirling it, of course. Alas, it is not to be. (The link takes you to his site where you can hear him singing in tune … probably deliberately)

Yes, I’m sad that I can’t find a video. I know you are too. :-(

29. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Videos

If anyone still wants to sing along with Mitch, by the way, they still can. The bearded conductor, classical oboist, record producer and television personality is still very much with us at the age 98, living in New York City and doing guest symphony conductor dates from time to time.

I read that, and more (not all complimentary), here.

29. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Starting a new year at UCSC is always a bit of a confusing muddle. I usually don’t know how many will show up for oboe lessons. I am to meet and hear them the week prior to the start of classes to determine who I can accept, but not all oboists know this. In addition, students who take lessons are required to be in a major performing ensemble. So I meet with some, decide who I can accept, only to find out later that another student wants lessons, or to find out that one I did accept isn’t in a performing ensemble. I can only take a certain number, so it’s often “back to the drawing board” to attempt to figure out how it can all work. I try to coach the woodwind quintet as well; finding a day and time for those five students is a tremendous challenge. I can only come to campus one day a week, so whatever day works for them must also work for all the oboist. ACK! Looks like this year is just as difficult as past years … perhaps even more so.

Right now my head aches from all this craziness. I’m hopeful that by next week it’ll all be sorted out and I’ll know what the story is. Unfortunately that requires that students respond to my email. Not everyone does. Double ACK!

Advice to students: please answer emails from your pesky teachers! Pretty please!?

i forget to breathe while i play oboe, because im so darn excited

29. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

We believe strongly that the arts aren’t somehow an “extra” part of our national life, but instead we feel that the arts are at the heart of our national life. It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Our artists challenge our assumptions in ways that many cannot and do not. They expand our understandings, and push us to view our world in new and very unexpected ways.

-Michelle Obama

RTWT

With opera done, UCSC tomorrow, and symphony beginning this Wednesday, I knew today should be spent on reeds. And I tried. Really I did. But there’s just something about the day after a run ends. I can’t manage to get things working. Maybe it’s just psychological. I wonder.

28. September 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

I’ll just let you learn. I’m nice that way. (But please verify what he says with your teacher.)

But maybe he is just taking the Miranda videos and running with ‘em … ya think?