10. January 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Videos

I know all three of these people! How fun to see and hear this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Charles Cramer: photographer
Gwendolyn Mok: pianist
Brent Heisinger: composer

Aegean Reeds style … this isn’t how we all do it, but it’s great fun to watch!

(Have I posted this already? I can’t remember!)

10. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

Hello [name here]. What a marvelous family. Seems just, oh, a few decades ago we were the hit of [name here] Music. Now I use my oboe as a cane. Love, Auntie [name here]

Ah, I was thinking I’d sell my instruments when I retired, but I suppose I’ll just use ‘em as canes! But wait … I want nothing to do with cane when I’m done playing! ;-)

10. January 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Fun

Many thanks to Bob Hubbard, of Westwind Double Reed, for sending this out on Facebook.

10. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

I didn’t know until Tuesday that I wouldn’t be needed for this Symphony Silicon Valley set, due to very late music arrival. We are doing Kurt Weill and I guess the exact instrumentation isn’t as easily found online or something. When we get late notice like that and we are on the roster we still get paid. This hasn’t happened to me before with SSV, and of course I feel guilty for getting something for doing nothing.

But wait … I’m not doing nothing after all!

When I was released I was asked — clearly being given the opportunity to decline — if I could do the supertitles for Seven Deadly Sins. Of course I said yes: I think it would be wrong to sit at home and have them hire someone else to do it. So there you go.

But here’s the thing …

I’M NERVOUS!!

Yeah, I’ve played many a solo in the group. Sure, I get nervous for those solos. But I know what to expect and I do know how to play my instruments. I’ve never done supertitles before. I don’t know what’s in store.

I never volunteer to be a page turner for a pianist. I did that once, many years ago, and I vowed never to do it again. I’m hoping this new job of mine is easier than that. At least I know no one will see me while I do this: as a page turner you are right up there in front of the audience. I’m only comfortable with an audience when I have an instrument in my hands.

So stay tuned. I’ll fill you in on how it went come Monday.

10. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Practice makes Perfect? #oboe_time!