31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

Do watch the whole thing … toward the end there’s a bit of a surprise.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble, Read Online

I think there’s an aspect of him inspired by Dudamel. Dudamel came up through a youth system (Venezuela’s El Sistema), and we liked the idea that [TV show character name] didn’t come up from privilege.

Hm. I’m wondering if people think most musicians “come up from privilege”. I know I didn’t. Of course I’m no Dudamel! I will readily admit that I’m not as talented, not at all famous, and not, at this point, as wealthy as he must currently be.

But really, how many wealthy people do you know who opted for a career in music? I know there are some, but …? Granted, coming into music from an extremely poor position is rare as well, since acquiring and instrument and taking lessons can be rather costly.

But no, I didn’t come from wealth: my father was a middle school teacher, my mother a stay-at-home mom, and they raised four children in a home that is smaller than the one in which I currently live with only one other person (although we did raise our three kids in this place). Of course I readily admit that growing up in the US is, in so many ways, a life of privilege for so many compared to so much of the rest of the world.

But here’s the thing: I love my job.

It’s a privilege.

30. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Health

RESULTS:
Playing tones on brass and woodwind instruments causes a temporary elevation in IOP and BP, depending on the tone frequency: brass instrument players showed a significant elevation after playing high and middle frequency tones (p? CONCLUSIONS:
The temporary and sometimes dramatic elevations and fluctuations in IOP observed in this study, coupled with daily exposure to instrument play, puts professional wind instrument players at increased risk of developing glaucoma. Consequently, these musicians should be monitored for signs of glaucoma, especially those with co-existing risk factors.

RTWT if you are interested. Or don’t. You choose.

28. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Charles Villiers Stanford: Eternal Father
The English Vocal Consort of Helsinki

28. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

Just because I feel like it today …

Uploaded on Dec 5, 2011

Gloria, RV 589 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
University of North Texas: Collegium Singers & Baroque Orchestra
Richard Sparks, conductor

28. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Alessandro Grandi: Psalm 110 Confitebor tibi Domine
Voices of Music; Laura Heimes and Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; Carla Moore and Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violins; William Skeen, viola da gamba; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ

27. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Losses

I’m very sorry to read of the death of Claude Frank. I have many wonderful memories of playing Mozart with him, as well as with his late wife (who died in 2004), Lilian Kalir. Fine musicians, the both of them.

27. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Photos, Teaching

I’m back to work this morning. Yep, already. I have three students today, one of whom is new. A week off would have been nice, but with no Nutcracker income I felt the need to take students who wanted lessons during the holidays. At least I hope they want these lessons. I do wonder if it was actually the parents! But in any case, I really do love to teach, and I look forward to seeing “my” kids, beginning in less than an hour. (I also hope the ringing in my ears stops soon: we went to The MeshugaNutcracker last night, and while it was great fun, they were miked a bit too loud and my ears are punishing me this morning. I should have thought to bring earplugs!)

Here … have some flowers! I continue to marvel at the beauty around me. I doubt that will ever change.

Pink_&_Yellow_Begonia,_9.12.14

White_Rose,_9.10.14

San_Jose_Municipal_Rose_Garden-_Anna's_Promise_(I),_9.10.14

Iris_(I),_12.23.14

Yellow_Rose_With_Raindrops,_12.17.14

Pink_Rose_&_Dewdrops,_12.24.14

26. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

… and I know nothing about the oboist, but perhaps some of you can help out.

An Oboe To Afghanistan

25. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas

Born on a New Day – John David and Phillip Lawson
Ensemble from the Chancel Choir; Scott Dean, Conductor; Bellevue Presbyterian Church