On my way to opera today I thought it might be a good idea to get a cup of coffee because I was a bit tired.

First act was fine, aside from some man in the audience who sounded like he was dying of some horrendous disease. But the first act doesn’t worry me much. I have a solo, but it’s just a fun one.

Coffee isn’t always good for me, though. Today coffee was a bad idea. I hadn’t really eaten well before the performance. Cocoa Puffs do not a good lunch make. Sigh.

So second act. Solo time. Lots of solos, actually. Sometimes I get a tunnel vision sort of thing going, and I know what this means; I’m near blacking out. I’ve never actually fainted, but I get to the point where I can’t see very well. Sometimes things go kind of black. One time this happened completely during a solo and I played through it. It’s amazing what you can do when you know your part well enough and have rehearsed enough! But I don’t recommend it. (The blacking out, that is. The practicing that much and really knowing your part I DO recommend!) I didn’t get to that blacking out point entirely, but I was close. Some of it has to do with tensing up. When I sense that something is awry, I think I breathe incorrectly too. So a few of the solos were a tad uncomfortable to say the least. But I made it through.

After the show I talked to a couple of friends and colleagues. No one had any idea that I was near passing out a few times. I guess that doing this for eons means that I can deal with these difficult moments okay. They just aren’t very fun.

But I have to remember to eat better. This sort of stress is not something I need! (And I probably shouldn’t even ‘fess up about this stuff. Oh well.)

And now opera season is over. It was a good year. The California Theatre is a joy to have as our new home (although I still really want sound monitors!). I had a great time. And I’m already looking forward to next season!

24. April 2005 · Comments Off on Terminal Degree · Categories: imported, Ramble

It seems as if we’ve been deserted. Sigh.

I know Terminal Degree had talked about removing the blog, but now it’s been done and, well, I miss it. The site was insightful and very honest.


I know that some have talked about the safety of these blogs. TD had posted anonymously and was able to vent about issues. I post publicly and, yes, there are certain things I won’t write about here. I am using this for a variety of reasons, but I have chosen not to vent here.

Besides, do any of my readers think I could eve be frustrated with anything about this career of mine? 😉

Heh. Can’t often afford a vacation, I need a new oboe, and reed making drives me batty … but do you hear me complaining? Naw. I wouldn’t bring those things up now, would I?

Um. Okay … I do vent about my own personal oboe woes … I like to let everyone know that I don’t have it all figured out even after 30 years. Some may find that encouraging. Others may find it discouraging and to you I apologize!

But back to Terminal Degree … in case you read this blog: please know you are missed. You could always drop me a private note. I’d like that.


24. April 2005 · Comments Off on Doonesbury · Categories: imported, Links

Just read it.