27. March 2010 · Comments Off on Lights Out! · Categories: News, Poetry

It would be really interesting to schedule some sort of chamber concert tonight in a location that could handle the darkness. Would people listen differently if they couldn’t see? I’m certain so. Hmmm. Maybe I should have my oboe out and ready to play before I turn out the lights, and then just spend time on excerpts. Or even scales. I will, of course, be home alone. No one here to hear me but me.

That sounds like a country western song … and please excuse the gender change, but I hear a man’s voice in this one:

Oh, the Oboe Woes

No one in the house to even hear me
I’m sittin’ in the darkness all alone
They tell me that a man’s home is his castle
But I’m a’thinkin’ it’s not quite a home.
I still remember when she up and left me
All because I pulled out one sharp knife
You’d think she woulda known I played the oboe
Now here I sit, alone, without a life.


27. March 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Some are suggesting that …

reading a what-to-listen-for guide before hearing a piece of music seems to make the actual aesthetic experience less pleasurable.

“Descriptions may interfere with the directness and intimacy with which listeners are able to experience a work,” writes Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis of the University of Arkansas. “It may distance listeners, or place them at a remove — as if they were listening through someone else’s ear.”


I read it here.

27. March 2010 · Comments Off on Carol REALLY Likes Classical Music … · Categories: Other People's Words

Classical Music Thursday

1. classical music any time, anywhere

2. when I’m at a concert and I always think, “why don’t I do this more often?” because every single classical music concert I have ever been to has been a delight!

3. lying down on the floor for at least 15 minutes and letting classical music wash over me – a music bath! oh yes! totally refreshing, relaxing, and invigorating all at the same time –

Read more of her reasons. 🙂

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.

I’m sorry I can’t figure out how to put this up properly, so you have to click on this link to see the pictures of a pretty “interesting” solution to the lack of a B-flat on most of our English horns. And the guy who wrote the instructions is hilarious:

“You may have noticed in the pictures that the elbow turns the bell 90 degrees from its usual position. Get used to it. Because I play big clarinets with bells, I’m used to stuff sticking out front. Aim the bell at your audience if you want to really let them know when you hit the low B-flat. The white color of the extension is also visually appealing. Black is boring.”

Hmmm. Well, I can’t stand the white, nor do I like the 90% angle. The bigger issue is that you need to be able to go back and forth between low B and low B flat. There isn’t always time to remove the extension … for instance, in Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet!) Still it’s fun to see.