28. December 2010 · Comments Off on Oh Dear · Categories: Repair Quickly!

Something many musicians do think about is damage to our fingers. I am SO sorry to read about this:

Pamela and Bill Resch thought a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Los Gatos would be the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and their upcoming 42nd wedding anniversary.
When another couple was late for the ride, the Resches took the opportunity to pose for pictures with the horses. Pamela Resch, an accomplished concert pianist, said she didn’t panic at first when a horse named Tom started nibbling on her finger after she pet him on the head.
“I looked him straight in the eye and said, ‘Let go,”’ she said. “He started to chew.”
In the next few frantic moments, the couple said, the horse bit off the tip of her right pinky finger — sending Resch into shock and leaving in doubt whether she’d ever command the piano again.
“I saw a little piece of meat and a red thing hanging off, and my next thought was ‘my life is over,”’ Resch, 63, said Tuesday of the Dec. 21. ordeal.
In the chaos that followed, someone found the fingertip and gave it to Bill Resch in a cup of ice, he said. A plastic surgeon re-attached the tip that night and everyone is hoping for the best.
“I heard ‘let go, let go,”’ Bill Resch said. Then, “she was holding her hand up and somebody was saying, ‘Where’s the finger, where’s the finger?'”

RTWT

I know Pam and her husband Bill. This is just such awful news. I do pray that the finger heals properly. This is scary.

28. December 2010 · Comments Off on Since I’m Boring These Days · Categories: Blogroll

Okay, okay, you are all probably thinking, “Um. You’re always boring!” Just don’t tell me, please! … but since I’m even MORE boring, I hope you might consider checking out the links on the right side of this page. I just posted a new oboe blog: Born Again Oboe!, about the adventures of an oboist who took a 10 year leave and is back to oboing. (I think he should probably make a few hundred reeds to get back in practice and send me maybe 100 of those. Doesn’t that sound reasonable?) There was a bassoon blog I would have put up but since the blog’s title includes the F-bomb I felt it unwise to do so. Ah well. I’ll just visit in on my own and if I see anything of great interest I’ll alert you to it.

28. December 2010 · Comments Off on Vienna Women in New Dress Pants · Categories: Read Online

Ladies of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra modeled chic new concert attire Wednesday — pinstriped pants and a long black blazer over a white blouse and gray gilet.

Read that and more here.

I wonder how a uniform like that would fly in the states. Women here are much freer to dress how they choose as long as it’s black. I would hate to have to add a white blouse to my rep; I hate white blouses! (And I can’t keep them clean.) I’m going to guess that if this was tried here there’d be a lot of rebellion going on. That being said, I do think we often dress less formally that the men in their penguin suits. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could meet somewhere between our “you could probably wear that while gardnening” women’s clothes and the “this is never worn in the real world” men’s? I’m all for solid black for all. Really. (Does anyone know of a professional group that does this? Do tell!)

(Some of you will know this player and/or his wife!)

I guess I’ll start a “Bassoon Outside” similar to my “Oboe Outside” entries! Heck, why not!?