Ramón Ortega Quero talks about his CD, and you get to hear his beautiful playing as well.

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Our flight to New Orleans today was delayed for maintenance AFTER we had boarded (I’m a flight attendant). I started talking to the passengers and realized we had a barbershop quartet in our presence. I asked them to sing and most of the passengers began video taping! It was such a great moment… The mood changed and our passengers were awesome for the whole 5 hours they were on the plane! One of my favorite moments!!! Thank you to Port City Sound for creating a wonderful memory!!! #usairways

Sometimes I like other kinds of music. Honest. A friend (thank you Gordon Myers) shared this with me due to the oboist in it. But really … when the singing starts the power of music … it hits me. It brings back my childhood.

This is what music does. For some it’s only a certain style of music. It might be baroque, classical, heavy metal, country western (no, really, I’m sure that works for some). For some of us it’s a number of styles. It gets into your gut and it is this sort of wonderful, powerful, painful thing that we love. I know of nothing else that can have this power. Sometimes reading poetry or prose out loud gets close, and seeing van Gogh’s Starry Night was the very closest I’ve ever gotten, but music … ah, music!

I know some of you will puzzle over my liking this particular video, but I do. It hits me. In the gut. Go figure. I doubt it would continue to hit me if I listened to it hour after hour, but still, it hits me. (Dare I admit that Carly Simon’s “Share the End” can do this to me as well? that moment when she nearly screams at the end … I don’t know. Maybe I’ll keep that one a secret.)

Yep … I’m going to have to get this one!

(Sometimes a Twitter Quote of the Day can also be an advertisement!)

Job, Brazil: Oboe – Category II – English Horn and Second Oboe, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra goo.gl/KsnMsY

Looking at the pdf list for repertoire … um … “Yvon Sonata for English horn and Piano” …? Something I don’t know. Below is the first movement.

What fun to hear Mr. Mayer say the things he says … especially when I’m in agreement! ;-) It’s always great to have what I believe to be true put into words by someone like him! I’m not saying I’m always right, but in these cases so much of what he is saying is exactly what I believe and say to my students. NOT that I manage to accomplish these things all the time.

“Too many ideas don’t mean better.” … “You have too much to say.” … “Simple.”

And what a fine oboist we get to hear, too. A brave soul, I might add! I sure wish I could tongue the way she does. Let me tell you, as you age your tongue gets slower. Truly.

“No one would dare to play it with slurs in Europe.” Sigh. Rossini is such a killer. But he goes on to say, after she tongues the darn thing, “I never heard it better!” Brava to Mary Lynch. You’ve got me beat … by a long shot!

And then the Brahms:

How funny … I use the same sort of example about repetition with more strength (“I told you to do your homework”), although I use different words. Maybe I’m not a bad teacher ….

By the way, Mary Lynch is now playing second oboe with Cleveland Orchestra.

Is it completely different to work with an oboist? [compared to a singer]

It’s not as different as you’d think. They are both delicate things, I would say, with the inclination, courage even, to be penetrating.

What a fun thing to watch and listen to! I love the thing about us not breathing. I tell my students we can play for “miles” and that flutists go crazy because of us … one told me once “you make me look bad!” As I tell my kids, though, th epoor flutists are blowing out into th stratosphere and we are blowing through a tiny reed that only takes so much air. They run out of oxygen. We run “into” carbon dioxide.

Oh … and that throwing the instruments across the room. Yikes!

Now to ramble as I watch …

Good viola joke around 20:54 ;-)

How about the part about being insecure, eh? (around 43:00)

… and now I’m at “A Time for Us” which is a song that came out when I was in middle school and boy does that bring back memories!

Plus I just learned of a work I didn’t know: Liebesruf eines Faun, for English horn & piano – Hans Steinmetz. Nice!

(I don’t eat lamb, so that part wasn’t to my heart’s delight, but AH, Mayer’s playing IS to my heart’s delight and I would just love to meet that man some day. Doubtful it’ll ever happen, but I feel as if I’ve met him through his music.)

But really, what a fun video. All 58:58 of it! Please watch it! SO much truth.

Now I’ve finished … wonderful wonderful WONDERFUL!

I have a rehearsal this morning for the work I’m posting below. I’m so excited to be playing this with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. The concert is tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. Hope you can make it!

You might see some familiar faces below. I know I did!

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
New Century Chamber Orchestra

… so I’ll share.

And with this I say HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Strauss Oboe Concerto for the Busy Person

Ob Kazuhiro MIYAMURA
Vn Mana HIROSE
Vn Atsushi YOSHIDA
Va Noriko YAMAMOTO
Vc Gen ASABUKI

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