16. February 2005 · Comments Off on Double Sided Disks · Categories: imported, News

DVD & CD … on one disk. Read about it.

16. February 2005 · Comments Off on Article · Categories: imported, News

A link to article on classical music blogs.

In case you’re interested.

16. February 2005 · Comments Off on Just For Fun · Categories: imported, Ramble

So if you go here and click the link to see the video “Refrain Refrain” you’ll get to enjoy a bit ‘o fun. While singing a pop song, the group explains how to have a hit pop song. Funny!

There is a formula to certain kinds of music. Maybe even most kinds of music … I dunno. But pop music is especially annoying to my ears. I can hear what they are doing, I can tell where they are going. And then there’s that predictable key change!

Is predictability always a bad thing? I don’t believe so. If I put a brownie mix together, I want to get brownies. But I also like a bit of creativity; I like to add to the brownie mix. I like surprises!

Hmmm. Not sure where I’m going with this, other than another pattyramble.

Predictable of me, wasn’t it? 😉

16. February 2005 · Comments Off on Good Reading · Categories: imported, Ramble

This article is worth the read. So go there. Read it. I found it very encouraging. I’m not sure if it’s entirely true, but I’ll have to think on it for a while. He begins:

Classical music is going through a hugely turbulent time. In many important ways, the sector is more vigorous and creative than ever: classical music is less associated with a social elite, less confined to one specialist audience, more accessible to all through radio, TV and the internet, and more adventurous in its experiments.

I wonder. Is classical music really associated less with the social elite? Hmmm. Since I don’t know many subscribers to the symphony or opera, I can’t say. I know that most folks I’m close to (who, as far as I know, don’t fall into the “social elite” box) don’t attend symphony or opera. Nor do the folks I’m not quite as close to. Those at my church, for instance. Parents I meet at my son’s high school. Even my oboe students and their families don’t subscribe (and rarely attend), which sometimes puzzles me. Maybe I need to meet a group of subscribers. Figure them out. See what makes them tick and who they are, you know? I wonder (again.) These subscribers like what I like … or love what I love, really … and it seems as if we might have more in common since we both love our music. I wonder (for the third time in one paragraph!).

But I ramble. As usual. You’re probably wondering about that.

16. February 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quotes · Categories: imported, Quotes

Reason speaks in words alone but love has a song.

-Joseph de Maistre