19. August 2013 · Comments Off on My Occasional Scam Warning · Categories: Spam'nScam™

How are you today? I have a Daughter (Evelyn) who is interested learning Music. Evelyn doesn’t have any previous in music but she is ready to learn. She’s 12 year old with very sharp brain. I want Evelyn to come over to your present location to attend the lessons and i will be having someone that will be taken good care of her at your location through out the period of the lesson. If you would agree to accept Evelyn as your student, please get back to me with the following details so that i can make lesson plans asap…

Total fees for two months lessons(30 mins lessons in a week)?

Your teaching location and phone number?

Years of experience/specialization?

Lessons can start by 2nd of September if that is OK by you.
Looking forward to hear from you

Don’t buy into it!

19. August 2013 · Comments Off on Ah, That Heavy Weight Of History! · Categories: Conductors, Read Online

It has taken just 118 years for a woman to follow in the footsteps of the renowned conductors Sir Henry Wood, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir Colin Davis, performing the likes of Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. “You need a woman every 100 years or so, right?” Alsop says wryly. “But,” she adds seriously, “I was surprised there hadn’t been a woman conducting it before.”

According to Roger Wright, the BBC Proms director and Radio 3’s controller, the reason for this is what he calls “the weight of history”.


19. August 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

So much oboe in the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. Another reason why it’s my favorite movie.

19. August 2013 · Comments Off on Guess I Should Go Walking! · Categories: Read Online

“Let me dispel a brain development myth,” Spitzer told The Economist. “Many people think classical music is going to enhance brain function (the Mozart effect) or playing particular games sharpens one’s cognitive function. These theories have been looked at in detail and they don’t stand up. It is disappointing in a way, but what we have learned is that exercise is the key thing for brain function.”

I’ve been way behind on my walking miles, due to vacations and other things. I desperately need to start up again. I’m not sure I am any smarter (I do have OldBoeBrain, after all), but they do keep me more content.

But still, there’s this:

What about playing an instrument? Don’t you have to use right and left brain for a stringed instrument?

Yes. That has clear cognitive functions that do crossover. Especially learning to play and read the music at the same time. But exercise is number one, diet number two and then social interaction. These are the important things for brain function.


19. August 2013 · Comments Off on I Would Like A Change … But NOT A Feather Boa, Please! · Categories: Read Online

Call it orchestral punk. At classical concerts, musicians have always worn variations of penguin suits for men and black gowns for women, with only the occasional attempt at something less dressy. That was until the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) decided to link up with the fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood for a concert this week.

As a result, at least one musician will take to the stage for a performance of music by Karlheinz Stockhausen wearing a “decadent goat coat”, resembling an extravagant feather boa.

“We’re all very comfortable with what we’re wearing,” said Robert Ames, a violist and the co-artistic director of the LCO. “All-black instantly alienates the musicians from the audience … It’s extremely boring and outdated,” he said.


I’m all for updating our “look”, but I do prefer black. Too much color equals, for me, too much distraction. Even all one solid color of another sort could work, but of course color then adds another issue, as there are many shades of each. (And yes, there are shades of black, too — red-black, blue-black, green-black — and that can be an issue — I’ve even seen black turn to brown under stage lights.)

But a boa? Um. No thank you.