26. November 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Transit workers are installing speakers this week to pump classical music from Seattle’s KING-FM into the Tacoma Mall Transit Center. The tactic is designed to disperse young criminals who make drug deals at the bus stop or use public transportation to circulate between the mall and other trouble-prone places.
Any particular SONG?

Yeah. Because everyone knows you can’t make a drug deal if Beethoven is playing!

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I will crush all of the oboe players tomorrow!!! How stupid I’ll feel if I get second after typing this…

Bach on Glass Harp (or Glass Armonica or whatever you want to call it!). The amazing musician is Robert Tiso.

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: MusicalTVQuote™, Quotes

Steve’s dead now. From here on, Steve’s death will be represented by the oboe.

– Tom Servo, “Mystery Science Theater, 3000”

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on Sheet Music Plus: Free Shipping! · Categories: Deals!

If you are looking for some sheet music and want to save a few extra pennies you could check out Sheet Music Plus for the next week. They already have lower prices compared to some, and now you get free shipping as well (for orders over $25).

If you aren’t sure what you want you can check out a couple of lists I have here:

My very outdated personal music library (I sure do need to add the music I’ve purchased in the past few years. Yikes!) or my list of oboe music.

I will be honest here and say any time you purchase something via a link from my site I get a small bit of money. It takes months for it to reach an amount that will finally result in a check, but it’s something and it helps pay for this site. (I’ve pondered dropping the connection to Sheet Music Plus, but I’d first want to find a different supplier; for some reason they don’t work well with Macs and while they are aware of the problem they’ve yet to fix it. Grumble, grumble.)

Oboe Music

Small Ensembles

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on A Good Reminder · Categories: Other People's Words

Please do go read the entire thing (although I must warn you it’s white letters on black background; that’s a killer for my eyes!):

Growing up as a musician that plays classical music has been interesting because for the most part, I was always in the minority when it comes to what music I feel most connected to. As a result, I tend to be a bit on the shy side when it comes to presenting the music I play, especially when it’s a recording that isn’t recording-studio perfect. But in this situation I didn’t say anything at all before playing the recording – I didn’t apologize, didn’t make excuses, didn’t explain anything about the pieces. And what happened? We had a bunch of women listening to music that they didn’t all know, smiling, and humming along. They weren’t classical music buffs, they were young and old, they were enjoying listening to the music I love so much. And did they hear the foibles, the passages that weren’t as expressive, the blemishes? I don’t believe they did. They were listening for music, not for imperfection.

Erica Ann Sipes is a pianist and a cellist.

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

The oboe really does sound like a singing goose

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on Anyone Want To Translate For Me? · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Okay … I’m impressed!

26. November 2010 · Comments Off on That’s Bananas! · Categories: Read Online

Now here’s a story with a-peel: A Japanese fruit company has been playing Mozart to its ripening bananas, claiming it produces a sweeter product, the Japan Times reported Thursday.

And that’s not all — the paper says a wide variety of food and beverages in Japan have been enjoying exposure to classical music, including soy sauce, udon noodles, miso and even sake.

In fact, the sake is downright persnickety when it comes to composers. At Ohara Shuzo brewery, senior managing director, Fumiko Ohara told the paper the classical musical experiment began over 20 years ago when the president, Kosuke Ohara, came across a book about brewing with music. They experimented with jazz, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, among others.

“We found Mozart works best for sake,” Ohara said, “and that’s why we use only his music.”

Hmmm. Mozart works best for sake’s sake!

I read it here.

Soooo … let’s see … what can we say about classical music?

… and they say classical music is on its way out?

There are so many uses for what I do! I think my career should be just fine once they figure out it really requires live musicians for all these things.