20. April 2011 · Comments Off on Behold The Bridegroom · Categories: Holy Days

I posted this at my other site, but I’ll go ahead and put it up here as well. After all, it’s Holy Week. (Those of you who don’t practice the same faith can choose to ignore … but the music IS pretty darn wonderful!)

I, once again, didn’t place in the #operaplot contest. Hmm. Third year. Third loss. Three strikes, I’m out? I wonder!

I must admit my heart wasn’t as into it this year. Maybe it was due to the odds of winning but I’m actually thinking it’s because I just wasn’t feeling the creativity bug. I can’t say why, but I’m in a slump when it comes to creativity. I’m sure you’ve even noticed my blog is sort of getting stale. (Hmmm. Is it time to hang it up? Oh dear ….)

Oooh … please don’t tell me the blog has always been stale. Then I just might cry! Um … kidding. Really. Sort of. Maybe. You decide. ;-)

But if you want to read the winners go here. (Warning: the f-bomb does occur. That, too, sort of tells me I’m probably not a good contestant for #operaplot. I like to do rhyming. I like puns. I can be silly. I just don’t like the racier stuff and I won’t swear. Man, I’m sounding — and feeling! — like an old fogey! Even writing “old fogey” means I’m … well … an old fogey!

“Fogey” is a very funny word if you write it or say it enough.

Hearty congratulations to the winners, and enjoy your prizes!

Me? I feel like a winner every time I find myself in the pit playing for opera. And that’s prize enough for me! :-)

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on Yes, I’m Slow. But What Does This Mean? · Categories: Read Online, Reviews

I read this in a review a while back:

Sopranos remained a bit soft-focused for my taste, but altos had welcome density. Tenors could lay on spice or meringue; basses blended in a luscious chocolate syrup of tone.

… and why am I now really craving something like a chocolate meringue pie?

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on You Can’t Fool Us! · Categories: Listen

This group of listening samples was fun, but it was so darn obvious which was the 100% human sample. I’m going to guess you have as easy of a time with it as I do. Still, it is interesting to think about it and how we know right away which one was completely human.

Of course if you can’t tell fill me in if you dare! :-)

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD · Tags:

got an A on my oboe playing test. got an A on my piano test. had an awesome lesson. learned a pretty song on piano. today still doesn’t feel real..

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: Mijwiz · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

This instrument from Syria is a single reed instrument but, as you can see, there are two pipes. I guess that makes it a double single reed.

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on New Mexico Symphony Orchestra RIP · Categories: Another One Bites the Dust

After years of financial woes that included musicians going months without pay, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra will cease to exist.
The board of trustees voted Tuesday to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which will effectively dissolve the organization and end its current season, according to a spokeswoman.
“NMSO, like other orchestras around the country, has been hit hard by the decline in corporate gifts, changes in music taste, competing venues and the economy,” Chairman John Slipke said in a statement.
“We are saddened by this decision and inspired by the staff and musicians’ commitment to continue working for four months without pay as we all worked together in our attempt to make NMSO a viable organization.
“The board felt we no longer could ask for the sacrifices that have been required of those who work for us. The board recognizes its responsibility to protect its limited assets so that they can be shared with creditors appropriately.”
NMSO will file for bankruptcy today. More than 80 musicians and staff members will be out of a job.

Read the whole sad article.

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I can’t hear the oboe. #grammys

Philip Glass has founded (is founding?) a new music festival and it’s at Carmel’s Hidden Valley.

Philip Glass has founded (is founding?) a new music festival and it’s at Carmel’s Hidden Valley. Philip Glass has founded (is founding?) a new music festival and it’s at Carmel’s Hidden Valley. Yes. Philip Glass. And it’s near us San Francisco Bay Area folks. Philip Glass. Carmel Hidden Valley. Near San Francisco Bay Area. Yes. Philip Glass. And it’s near us San Francisco Bay Area folks. Carmel Hidden Valley. Yes. Philip Glass. And it’s near us San Francisco Bay Area folks. Philip Glass. Carmel Hidden Valley. Yes. Yes. Yes. Philip Glass has founded (is founding?) a new music festival and it’s at Carmel’s Hidden Valley. Yes. Philip Glass. And it’s near us San Francisco Bay Area folks. Philip Glass. Carmel Hidden Valley. Yes. Folks. Yes. Yes. Folks. Folks. Folks.

Okay … I promise to stop!

RTWT

I really think he should have an oboe blogger there. Don’t you? (Of course I probably just shot myself in the foot by blogging this as I have! Oh well. Everyone needs to have a sense of humor, don’t you think?)