26. March 2010 · 8 comments · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Okay … my dear oboe playing friends (and perhaps those who play another instrument as well) … do you see an issue with this video? I’m not gonna give you a hint, aside from the one I already gave. But … um … WOW. Unless I’m crazy, that’s a rather huge error!

And then that first reed the show. Wow! I wonder if that’s the kind of reed Liang Wang plays on.

26. March 2010 · Comments Off on I Love Spring! · Categories: Videos

Okay, I’m more of a Fall lover, but my freesia is blooming, and they are so lovely. (We have a horrible yard. It’s such a mess it’s embarrassing. But these freesia are one of the few happy spots in the yard, and I’m thankful for them!) I’m also not much of a Vivaldi person most of the time. But this is really fun:

26. March 2010 · Comments Off on The Big Apple for Brandon · Categories: Ramble

Today is what I am calling “Freeday” … no students … but, truth be told, it isn’t really free; I’m helping Brandon (our older son) get ready for his big move. Next Wednesday he moves to New York.

Yep. New York. Sigh.

Guess we’ll be saving money for a trip to New York sometime, eh?

At least it’s only New York and not some galaxy far, far away.

(Yes, this is Brandon’s music.)

Dan is on vacation, if going to Death Valley can be considered a vacation! So stay tuned for some wonderful photos at his site sometime soon. Of course he posts a photo a day, and those will continue even while he’s away. (I love the fact that we can prepare these posts early and post them whenever we like; I even have some prepared for next Christmas!)

So anyway, I’m gonna be missing Brandon soon. But I’m glad that he’s getting to go live his dream! (Anyone have a job for him?)

Okay … he’s not really taking a boat. Oh well.

26. March 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

(Two for one today, with a note to follow.)

Just got my oboe reed! 😀

March Break = Oboe Break. seriously cant play! old reed is annoying like hell and new one is difficult to work with.

Okay, here’s my comment: Having only one oboe reed is just plain nuts. Having two is close to nuts. (My students know that I require that they have three decent oboe reeds at all times. More is even better!)

Zelenka Sonata No. 5 in F Major

26. March 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

A full symphony concert is something to experience. It’s as if there’s one instrument for every minute sensor in your body, and sooner or later – usually sooner – you will react in an unexpected emotional manner. When everyone is playing in tandem, firing on all pistons as it were, you go into a kind of sensory overload.

-Bill DeYoung

I read it here.