05. September 2009 · Comments Off on One Long Day · Categories: Ramble

This morning I woke up knowing I had a long day ahead. I always have students Saturday morning, so that’s not anything new, but after that I was going to my friends’ house to be a model.

Yes. Really. Me!

It wasn’t about my face, though … well, not much of my face, anyway. It was about my instruments, my hands, and my embouchure. Oh … and my reeds! Uh-oh. Now pictures of my reeds will be seen. (If I’d known they needed those I would have brought the ones I buy from Mike Adduci to have on hand for my students!)

These friends are putting together a website at which they will be selling shaper tips, gougers, and other oboe and English horn reed making equipment. I saw a prototype of the site and it’s looking very nice. At the top of the home page I guess you’ll be snippets of yours truly. I just hope whoever doctors up the pictures makes my embouchure look good and my hands look younger. 😉

After playing model for an hour I raced home to change for another dear friend’s 60th birthday party. She’s a musician too, so we were told we could bring our instruments. Ten years ago, when she had a party, I declined the instrument part, but this time I went for it. Aside from the first piece I played which sat horribly with the fingers (for sight reading anyway) and was actually a flute part, I had a great time! What wonderful fun to get together with other musicians and just enjoy good food, wine and music with very little stress. (Yes, I still do feel a wee bit of stress … guess it’s in my nature, eh?)

So it was a lot of socializing for this hermit, and all in one day. I’m one happy but extremely exhausted person right now. Tomorrow it’s back to the opera pit for a fourth round of Manon. This time the singers will do all the staging and be in costume. (Wish I could see ’em.)

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