I’m home from the WindSync concert I had written about earlier. What fun it was. These musicians are pretty darn fine! I’m glad I was able to catch one of their three bay area events … they’ll be in San Francisco on Monday and in San Jose on Tuesday, in case you want to try and hear them. (The latter is, if I understood correctly, and improvisational sort of thing, done at an art gallery. I’m not sure if they are improvising on art they see there or what … maybe one of them will read this and fill us in!)

All five musicians were great: Garret Hudson on flute, Kevin Pearl on oboe, James Johnson (from San Jose!) on clarinet, Tracy Jacobson on bassoon and Anni Hochhalter on French horn. They have “chops”, as we like to say. They are musical. They move. Heck, they even talk. They played Beethoven (Ode to Joy arrangement), a movement of the Ibert WWQ, a movement of Maslanka’s third quintet, two movements of Opus Number Zoo by Berio, and ended with their arrangement of West Side Story, but called “WindSync Story” … and no one died at the end. How ’bout that? On the program the Beethoven wasn’t listed and instead it was Mozart’s Twinkle Twinkle variations, so during the question and answer period someone asked about that, and suggested we could all do with an encore so they then played the Mozart. It was all incredibly fun and delightful!

When I arrived at the hall I saw old friends and a current colleague (Hi Bob! Hi Pam! … and Hi to the Barnes although they haven’t a clue about this blog.) After, when I went to talk to the quintet members, I also met several people I’ve “met” via this blog. I LOVE when that happens! (Hi Vladimir! Hi Daniel! Hi David!) Having this blog has really blessed me with some wonderful “live and in person” meetings.

So bravi tutti to WindSync, and may your travels go well, your concerts be fantastic, and your audiences blessed as much as we were!

So Crystal Cathedral handed out checks before Easter services that were lower than expected and some musicians walked out. I haven’t a clue if their departure was justified and I’m not here to argue that. BUT what someone then said I do take issue with:

Crystal Cathedral spokesman John Charles said Easter services weren’t affected by the eight people who walked out. Checks have been sent to those who performed.

“No one would have ever known they were missing,” he said of the eight.

That line … well … I think that was a poor choice of words.

RTWT

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You know how some poems are … only the people with doctorates in poetry can understand them. Or at least pretend they understand them. So maybe this spam comment I just received is actually a very intellectual sort of poem I am just too stupid to understand:

hello inseparable

That’s cyclopean of the postal serving

I’m salubrious to here

Chuffed to look at you all

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Why can’t a violinist or oboe player move into the neighborhood. Why does it always have to be a drummer?

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This article suggests that singing is good for you. Even if you aren’t a great singer or, heck, even if you sing like I do!

I sometimes ask my students if they sing. The majority tell me they never sing. I’m sorry to see singing disappear like that. We all sang when I was in elementary school; we even had music books that we used back then. I sang in church. I sang with my friends. I even sang with my family in the car. When our children were babies I created little songs that included their names and sang those to them. I don’t have a great voice. I don’t even have a good voice. But I like to sing. Give it a go sometime … it might be good for you!

Enjoy some mighty fine playing from these kiddos … these high school bands are pretty darn amazing.

And there are so many more videos where these were found.

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I’m pretty sure this is the Burmese Nhai. The circle of drums is the pat waing.

Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks was written for an event on this day in 1749. The event included fireworks … gee, what a surprise! (A bigger surprise at the time, I’m sure, was that a royal fire then occurred, due to the fireworks.)

Instrumentation for the work was “24 oboes, 12 bassoons and a contrabassoon, nine trumpets, nine French horns, three pairs of kettledrums, and an unspecified number of side drums.” (Source is wikipedia so of course it could have errors.)

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At the oboe recital. Double reed people are so weird. No wonder we all get along.