01. June 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Quotes

I just read this on Twitter:

That reminds me, in a review for “Beethoven: Eroica” on Netflix someone wrote “There was nothing erotic about this film” =)

Heh. Yep. I can imagine. It sounds like something I would find on Dan’s page of oddities from students.

Classical meets country. Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is given the country and western bluegrass fiddle treatment by Brenton from String Fever while straight laced cello player Jacqui tries to keep the peace! String Fever is a unique comedy and music cabaret from Australia www.stringfever.com.au

(Don’t shoot the messenger!)

01. June 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

oboe solo is as hard as the SAT

01. June 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: kèn bau (gourd oboe) · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

From Vietnam

01. June 2011 · Comments Off on Alexei Ogrintchouk Demonstrates Circular Breathing · Categories: Oboe, Videos

… but what I like even more is what he says about not using it! I think of circular breathing as a clever technique — a bit of a parlor trick — but I think that in most circumstances music really does need to breathe. (I do wish he would have shown us how he breathes normally, since he implies it’s not noticeable.)

And speaking of Mr. Ogrintchouk, Robin Tropper posted this YouTube video of a 20 years younger Alexei on Facebook the other day:

I sure wasn’t playing like that when I was so young! (But of course I’m not playing as well as he is now, either. Oh well!)

And here he is in 2008:

01. June 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

So far, season 5 of the X Files has been low on aliens and high on oboe solos.

01. June 2011 · Comments Off on Time To Change Things Up? · Categories: Ramble

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve had a schedule going on the blog. The schedule, which I had both on a “sticky note” on my MacBook as well as on my calendar (really, I’m that nuts) has looked like this:

TQOD 8:00 M-Sa
FBQD 12:00 M-Sa
Outside 14:00 Mondays
WorldReeds™ 10:00 Wednesdays
NewToMyEars™ 14:00 Thursdays
BachTrac™; 10:00 Fridays
Saturday Morning Cartoon! 9:00
Sunday Morning Music 8:00
Sunday @ Noon 12:00
Sunday Evening Music 18:00

I can’t imagine quitting things entirely, and the QODs and Sunday music will, I hope, remain, but I’m spending far too much time trying to keep up with everything, so while they will appear on occasion (and everything that’s already been scheduled will be coming up for the next few weeks), I’m thinking about stepping away from the rigid schedule and allow things to be a little bit more relaxed.

Gee, that was a long sentence. But hey, this is a pattyramble™ and I haven’t had one of those for quite some time.

So much of what I’ve been doing is really a reflection on who I am. Yes, I admit that I’m a bit obsessive compulsive, a follower of rules and regulations, and someone who doesn’t know when to stop — especially someone who doesn’t know when to “step away from the computer and no one will get hurt!”. So now I’m going to attempt — not guaranteeing I’ll succeed and knowing it’s going to be difficult for me — to lighten up on the blog. We’ll see how well I do!

At the same time, I’d like to move back into more of my little rambles about the music life. I’d like to be better about real writing rather than the “borrowing” I’ve been doing by posting so much unoriginal stuff.

Again, we’ll just have to wait and see how I do on this! Especially since I wrote this particular blog entry last week and then thought, “Oh gee, do I really want to let that schedule go? And, even more to the poing, can I?!

Meanwhile, if you have any things you’d like me to write about, do let me know!