Bentley has toys that are rotated in and out to give him a variety of play, blankets to snuggle in and now, a radio set to classical music.

Bentley is a dog who is quarantined due to Ebola, as his owner is the nurse who contacted the disease. I hope he is a fan of classical music. What if he prefers country music, I wonder?


Oh dear …. ;-)

Oboe player wanted for non-classical instrumental recording project. Must be able to play in seven. Must be able to play to a click track. Improvisation a plus but not required. Please send link featuring your playing.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol found that hens seem to prefer classical music when laying eggs.

The study was commissioned on a whim, says Alex Sheehan from Happy Egg Co., just to see if there were any positive benefits.

“We wanted to see if it would help them feel more comfortable or produce more eggs.”

Isabelle Pettersson from the University of Bristol said the impact music has on farm animals has been noted, but not specifically about hens and their musical tastes.

“We decided to investigate this further and find out whether music has a positive impact on hens, whether they have a preference for certain types of music, and also how it affects their laying habits.”

Classical, pop and rock were selected for the nest boxes, while the fourth had no music so researchers could see the hens’ behaviour and compare the reactions.

The music was played at varying periods during the day. Researchers visited the farm weekly over an eight-week period to collect data and ensure the investigation was running smoothly.

The hens did not lay more eggs overall, but they made more frequent visits to nest boxes where classical music was playing . Results revealed six percent more eggs laid in those boxes compared to the nest boxes playing songs by One Direction.

“Hens are sensitive to noise,” said Sheehan. “I don’t want to bash the artists, I like some of them, but classical music is just more soothing. It’s not as disruptive or loud.”


… because classical is never disruptive or loud. Right? ;-)

We teach listening skills to help you emotionally connect with #classical music.

I’ll just leave this one there.

Atlanta Symphony CEO Romanstein resigns; retired Coke exec to serve as interim leader


Proof reading … it matters.

That being said (or written) I nearly always have a typo when I post something like this. I guess it’s sort of like getting my just deserts … hah! … that was on porpoise, I promise!

Dr. Henry Morgan is portrayed by Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd. Americans might remember him on the big screen as Lt. John Beales in Black Hawk Down or Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four. But before making it in Hollywood, Gruffudd was an accomplished oboist in his teens. He played in the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra for several years and he also won prizes for his high baritone signing. He credits his early musical career for his confidence as an actor today.

I read it here. ;-)

In case you don’t read comments, I’ve been educated on the whole “just deserts” thing and while I thought I was being funny I wasn’t. Who knew? Glad to have this bit ‘o knowledge. Let’s see if I can remember it.

In the usage “…just deserts,” “deserts” is indeed the correct spelling. It has nothing to do with “dessert,” the after-meal treat, but instead is a different word that derives from a French ancestor to our word “deserve.”

A rock critic writes:

Once you make it through the formalities of classical music, those intimidating barriers of entry, there is the underestimated raw power of its acoustic sound and an endless supply of glorious, revolutionary music, all easily accessed as if it is happening now. Now that all music is about the past, and about a curation of taste into playlists, now that fashions and musical progress have collapsed, discernment wiped out, classical music takes a new place in time, not old or defunct, but part of the current choice. It is as relevant as any music, now that music is one big gathering of sound perpetually streaming into the world. If you are interested in music that helps us adapt to new ideas, to fundamental change, which broadcasts different, special ways of thinking and warns us about those who loathe forms of thinking that are not the same as theirs, classical is for you.

—Paul Morley


Below is the first piece he recommends:

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.

Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer, mentioning “dishonesty” and “lack of loyalty.”

The French maestro was quoted in Tuesday’s Kurier newspaper that differences in March over one bar of music in a production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” sparked the dispute. After de Billy refused to conduct the performance, Meyer told him that he could no longer conduct new productions.

Meyer says he “no longer had trust” in de Billy after the Lohengrin tiff.

Music director Franz Welser-Moest announced he was stepping down on Sept. 5, citing differences with Meyer over the artistic direction of what is one of the world’s premier opera houses.


Please can someone give me advice where to buy cheeper (used) oboe, or give me one as a gift? Many thanks!!!?

Answer (from me):
1.) No
2.) No
3.) Learn how to spell


The Nutcracker, the December cash cow of ballet companies everywhere, will be performed without live music, a blow to Symphony Silicon Valley, which has played for BSJ for many years, as well as to audiences.


I was incredibly sorry to read this news, which came as quite a shock as I had not heard that this was a possibility. I knew the ballet company was struggling, and I expected to have them cancel live music in some shows and have cutbacks in others, but to cancel all live music in The Nutcracker hit hard.

I can’t imagine having to dance to a tape. There is no give and take, no adjusting to different dancer’s. If a dancer has a slight timing issue our conductor watches and follows that. Obviously a tape won’t do that.

Mostly, though, I hope the ballet company can get back on its feet and survive. The arts in San José struggle far too often for such a wealthy area. It’s a frustrating thing for all of us in this profession, and I think it shows San José (and the Silicon Valley) in a poor light. The arts are vital.

Yes, I’m biased. But still ….