17. April 2014 · Comments Off on No Thank You · Categories: Read Online

Classical music gets a bum rap these days. It’s perceived as the thing only your grandparents listen to yet its the backbone to almost every great move ever made. B-Classic, a Belgian music festival which promotes classical music is out with a new video that asks us to envision classical music differently.

We all know a great video can vastly increase the appeal of a piece of music. MTV knew that and built a business on it. Now that’s YouTube’s job. But we digress.

Check out this video in which cheerleaders and hot pants-clad hotties shake their booties to Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco as if they were in a hip hop video.

I read it here.

I watched a few seconds worth of the thing. The “dancing” was so wrong for the music I couldn’t continue. I won’t post the video here, because for me it just seems trashy. I don’t put things up here that I find questionable or trashy

Yes. I’m old.

17. April 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

probably the most difficult question I’ve faced happened earlier tonight when my daughter asked what an oboe sounds like

17. April 2014 · Comments Off on Reed Cases · Categories: Reeds

I have this thing about reed cases. I want them to stay like new. Of course that’s rather difficult to do, but at one point I used to sew cloth cases just to keep them looking nicer. How silly can I be? THAT silly!

Or even sillier. But oh well!

Right now I’m on the hunt for a new case that has the wire clip type holders. I love those. I bought one years ago at a local dealer, but they stopped carrying them. The latches on that case are fried so I have to use rubber bands to hold it shut, and it’s pretty beat up in any case. I occasionally go on a “reed case hunt” online. These days I’m not finding the kind I want. Are the wire clips that uncommon, I wonder?

I DID run across a site that has a number of cases. One of them (the typical ribbon holder sort) has “Semi-professionale Oboe reed case” written underneath.

Hmm. What makes a reed case “semi-professional” I wonder?

By the way, if you buy the “mandrel” sort, be cautious! They don’t all hold the reeds securely. I had students using those (the plastic ones are very inexpensive so they are provided by the stores that rent oboes) and they’d open the little case and all the reeds’ tips were damaged horribly. Sad stuff. Just don’t even bother. Trust me.

Ooh … I see that there is a double sided case that holds reeds in the clip fashion here. I wonder, though, about the double-sided. I prefer to access my oboe and English horn reeds on one side, for the most part, since I frequently double. I’ll have to ponder.

And $110.00!!?? Yikes!