10. March 2019 · Comments Off on Albrecht Mayer Video · Categories: Watch

What a fun video this is! If you haven’t ever registered with Berlin Philharmonic you will have to do that first to watch it, but there is no charge for this particular video.

Go here.

Funny bit about a conductor and what the orchestra membres think:
“Because we usually think that we are better than the one up at the front. Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek comment.”

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bit about giving the A.

“Of course it’s true that the oboe always plays Concert A. I don’t know, of course, if 150 years ago no one listened, like no one listens today when the oboe plays concert A. It’s a very outdated ritual and also total nonsense …”. Hah!


“Sometimes I just want to take it and snap it over my knee and say, why do I bother…”.

Yet of course he goes on and says he wouldn’t play anything else He also talks about oboists going crazy and male oboists losing their hair! Very funny.

“Oboists are crazier!” 😉

“… and you can touch people with it.”

Which is what I try to do.

Do I succeed? I don’t know. But I try.

21. September 2018 · Comments Off on Joy! · Categories: Listen, Watch

These musicians of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra look so joyous as they play. I love it!

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40, Praeludium

20. September 2017 · Comments Off on Cinderella · Categories: Watch

Opera San José will be doing a rather new opera in December. It’s also “young” … the composer is eleven or twelve at this point, I believe.

I just landed on this documentary. Fascinating.

The opera is being presented by the Packard Humanities Institute and Opera San José.

29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Just Another Doggone Concert · Categories: Videos, Watch

No words necessary:

24. May 2017 · Comments Off on Because Sometimes We Can’t FIND The Words · Categories: Listen, Losses, Watch

Aaron Hill’s response to the horror in Manchester was to improvise. Thank you, Aaron.

16. December 2016 · Comments Off on Things I Can’t Do · Categories: Listen, Watch

I wish I could sing (well, anyone can sing, of course, but I don’t think anyone wants to hear this voice!).

I wish I could dance.

Instead I watch and listen … (stop the video when the song is done if you want to avoid breaking the mood)

PS There a lot more things I can’t do … but singing and dancing are two I really wish I COULD do!

02. November 2016 · Comments Off on Bravo Dave … and Simpson Choir as well! · Categories: Videos, Watch

I would wait to post this until a Sunday music feature but, well, it’s my friend Dave playing! So here it is for you now. Beautiful!

(And yes, there are other reeds in the world. It’s not ALL oboe and English horn!)

Evening Prayer by Ola Gjeilo
Simpson College Choir + Dave Camwell
Directed by Dr. Timothy A. McMillin

06. November 2015 · Comments Off on After messes, after messes. · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, TheHumanVoice, Videos, Watch

I wish I could sing well. I have to settle, though, for singing through the oboe and using my voice only with students (poor things put up with me!) and at church, when not all are masters of the voice and yet we raise our voices in praise anyway. Meanwhile, I continue to listen and admire the human voice and I’m grateful for YouTube videos that make me both marvel and melt.

This will be today’s “marvel and melt” video (You will understand the title of this blog post if you read the lyrics.):

Westminster Chorus – GAGÒT by Sydney Guillaume (2014 ACDA Western Division Conference)

The text of “Gagòt” is written by Sydney’s father Gabriel T. Guillaume.. Here’s the complete text:

(English Poetic Translation)

Since I rose this morning I’ve gone through ups and downs,
Running around in circles like a crazy mad dog.
I speak, I sing, I sleep, I rise;
I pray, I scream, it’s mess upon mess.

It’s a mess here, it’s a mess there,
A mess up, a mess down,
Mess everywhere, it’s mess upon mess.

Messy are my thoughts,
Messy are my actions,
Messy are my words,
Messy is my vision.

Everything is entangled:
Pain and joy, doubt and faith,
Disgust and hope, good and evil.
My head is spinning and spinning,
Everything is entangled.
What a mess!

Morning after morning, I fight a battle;
The contredanse of life recommences daily.
I sing, I dance, I yell: “Hooray!”
Suddenly and swiftly I am back in a mess.

In the midst of this mess I decide to search,
To search for an understanding to what is happening.
I dig, I seek, and I finally find
In the very depth of my heart
The solution to this mess:

Life before death is a battle of every instant
That can not be won but one moment at a time.

After the night comes the day.
After the rain the sun rises.
After messes, after messes… the heart settles.
It’s striving in suffering that brings redemption.

Ah! So be it!

– – – – – – – – – –

Haitian Creole text:

Depi maten m’leve m’ape monte desann,
Mwen kouri toupatou tankou yon chyen ki fou.
Mwen pale, mwen chante, mwen dòmi, mwen leve;
Mwen priye, mwen rele, se gagòt sou gagòt.

Gagòt isit, gagòt lòtbò.
Gagòt anwo, gagòt anba,
Gagòt toupatou, se gagòt sou gagòt.

Gagòt nan lide mwen,
Gagòt nan zak mwen yo,
Gagòt nan pawòl mwen,
Gagòt nan vizyon mwen.

Tout bagay yo mele:
Lapenn ak lajwa, ledout ak lafwa,
Degoutans ak lespwa, le byen avèk le mal.
Tèt mwen vire, li vire,
Tout bagay yo mele.
Gad’on gagòt!

Maten apre maten, m’ap livre yon batay;
Kontredans lavi-a rekòmanse chak jou.
Mwen chante, mwen danse,
Mwen rele: “Viv lavi!”
Bridsoukou sanzatann mwen tounen nan gagòt.

Nan mitan gagòt sa mwen deside chèche,
Chèche, chèche konnen, konnen sa k’ap pase.
Mwen fouye, mwen mande, mwen fini pa trouve
Jouk andedan kè mwen
Solisyon gagòt sa:

La vie d’ici-bas est un combat de tout instant
Que l’on ne peut gagner qu’un moment à la fois.

Apre lannuit se la jounen.
Apre lapli solèy leve.
Apre gagòt, apre gagòt… se kè poze.
Se jefò nan soufrans ki pote delivrans.

Ah! Ainsi soit-il!

24. August 2015 · Comments Off on SCITECH BAND: Pride of Springfield · Categories: Videos, Watch

Watch this nearly 30 minute documentary and, I hope, enjoy.

The “first note” part … so fun! And yes, it does sometimes sound like an animal dying. But it’s a first note, and they do get better as they learn! I really enjoy hearing the very first note from my beginning students. It just makes me smile. Or grin. Or laugh. In any case, it’s great fun!

Our students who stay in band for more than one year

“In our band are twice as likely — if they stay in band for more than one year — for their second year, they are twice as likely to graduate than their peers…”.

Teachers like this have my utmost admiration. It’s a lot of work, and I know it’s challenging and exhausting. I’m grateful for their hard work.

04. March 2015 · Comments Off on Just Fun To Watch & Listen · Categories: Listen, Videos, Watch

But wait … the Cimarosa on clarinet? Is that fair? I mean they get BRAHMS, for Pete’s sake! 😉

Sinfini TV, March 2015