… and still I share it. Shame on me! But still, this is just … well … too darn bizarre not to put on the blog. I guess. Maybe. (I might change my mind later on. We’ll see.)

A fancy Williamsburg canine salon sets itself apart from the pack by dimming the lights and putting on classical music before massaging your dog’s rectum.

RTWT (if you dare)

Finally, Gilbert dropped his hands and stopped the orchestra, turned to the offender, and looked at him. To everyone’s disbelief, the sound just kept on going, and going. Someone shouted, “Thousand dollar fine.”

Gilbert said something like, “Are you finished?” The guy didn’t move a muscle. Gilbert: “Fine. We’ll wait.” And he turned to the podium and lay down his baton.


Not what Gilbert did, mind you. But the phone going on and on.

I keep hoping something will be invented that will deactivate phones in concert halls. I guess that would probably be illegal or something, but I can dream, right?

You really must read the whole thing.

Enjoy some mighty fine playing from these kiddos … these high school bands are pretty darn amazing.

And there are so many more videos where these were found.

If you saw the Poulenc Motet posted here, I do apologize! That was to be posted later … I just made a mistake and didn’t put in the correct date. (Yes, I prepare things in advance sometimes. You didn’t really think I sat around posting things they way they appear now, did you?!) If you didn’t see it … well … never mind. I’m not sorry at all! 😉

In Other News … the soloist for our Symphony Silicon Valley concerts, was amazing! Gabriela Montero not only played the Rachmaninoff, but she offered up improvisational encores at each performance. She asks that someone in the audience sing a tune, and then she created a work. I’m not talking a 1 minute piece, either. I’m talking a full blown work. Honest! In order of appearance we heard improvisations based on (I do hope I’m getting this right!) “I’ve Got Rhythm”, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?”, “Somewhere” by Bernstein, the main theme from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”, “Blue Skies”, and “Raindrops on Roses”. Each one was done in a different style. I can’t recall all of them at this point (muddy brain), but I know that “I’ve Got Rhythm” was Bach-ish, and “Do You Know the Way To San Jose” sounded like Debussy. I’m hopeful that some of my orchestra pals who read this will jump in with the others. Ms. Montero is simply amazing. I’d love to climb into that head of hers and see how it operates.

Here are some more treats for you!

Sometimes she only plays the tune once or twice. Sometimes she plays it a while before she begins her improv, as she does in the following (sorry, no video with this one):

And it’s always fun to make an flutist cry! (Happy tears, of course.)

And just one more short one … because it’s my blog and I can do it if I wanna! (The comments on this say it’s Scriabin-esque.):

Okay … first just a few words: elementary school kids … memorized music!

Now watch and weep:

First seen here.

17. December 2009 · Comments Off on Too Funny! · Categories: Links, Unbelievable

Jazzman Larry Ochs has seen many things during 40 years playing his saxophone around the world but, until this week, nobody had ever called the police on him.

That changed on Monday night however, when’s Spain’s pistol-carrying Civil Guard police force descended on the Sigüenza Jazz festival to investigate allegations that Ochs’s music was not, well, jazz.

Police decided to investigate after an angry jazz buff complained that the Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core group was on the wrong side of a line dividing jazz from contemporary music.

The jazz purist claimed his doctor had warned it was “psychologically inadvisable” for him to listen to anything that could be mistaken for mere contemporary music.

RTWT (Thanks PC Muñoz, for posting this on Facebook!)

06. November 2009 · Comments Off on Yeah, but can they make an oboe reed? · Categories: Unbelievable, Videos


and then there’s this …

Both were seen first at Polyphonic.

18. November 2008 · Comments Off on The Show Must Go On · Categories: Unbelievable

No words.