01. January 2006 · Comments Off on Copyright and Poetry · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’ve recently run across living poets’ poetry up at various bloggers’ sites. I’ve also heard several people talking about writing music using living or recently deceased poets’ poetry. I wonder if folks are aware of copyright law. I used to put together what I called Contemplative Christmas Programs and I learned to get permission to use poetry. Only one publisher refused me, and the poet was Richard Wilbur (he wasn’t asked; it’s up to his publisher). They would allow me if I would pay, but this was a non-profit sort of venture so I couldn’t see doing that.

I once found a friend’s poem at someone’s site. My friend was shocked, and quite dismayed to have never been asked. I figure my poetry isn’t good enough to be “borrowed” but I would want someone to ask if he or she were to decide it was worth posting. I would most likely say yes, but I do think I should be able to check out the site and make sure it wasn’t a site I didn’t care for. Is that asking too much? Thoughts?

But anyway … for you readers … are you aware that you need permission to use a poem, that isn’t yet in the public domain, for your music? Did you know that publishers might google lines of poetry and if they found something at your site you could (most likely would) be asked to remove poetry from your site? I’m just wondering. And I guess I’m sort of warning you to, should you care to take it as such.

01. January 2006 · Comments Off on Sometimes I Just Get Ticked Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I mean, when I’ve been reading someone’s blog for a while, and I get this image in my head of the author, and then I see that she is even more attractive than I had created her to be (and, believe me, I was quite generous in my creation. Honest!) that just ticks me off a bit.

“You know what I mean is?”

Sorry. A quote no one should recognize. (And I’ll never tell.)

Still, great site, Jessica!

But anyhoo this silly insecure oboist wants bloggers to look a little plainer so she doesn’t feel like an idiot for posting a picture earlier in the week! 😉

I need a make-over. Anyone want to help out?

01. January 2006 · Comments Off on Powerless · Categories: imported, Ramble

It was incredibly windy this morning. Still is, in fact. At one point I said to Dan, “Do you think the power will go out?” and he suggested probably not. I wanted to know what he thought because I needed to wash my hair and I hate not being able to dry it. So of course the power went out when I was ready to take a shower! Ah well. We were able to take a windy walk downtown and Pete’s was open so we had a nice cuppa coffee and a bit ‘o food. The power stayed off for around 4 hours I think, so if you attempted to reach this site you missed it. Sorry!

And now it’s 2006 … and I’ve already sorted all of last year’s papers for taxes. So there IS something good that happens when the power goes down; I get work done! Woo hoo!

Notice I somehow didn’t manage to wind reeds while the power was out, though? My (very good and reasonable) excuse is that I need good light. Yes. Yes I really do. Honest. Whew. I didn’t have light. How in the world could I wind a good reed? Not that winding reeds even entered my mind at all anyway. Of course now the power is on and, well, I don’t want to wind reeds. And it’s my party so I’ll wind if I want to. And I won’t wind if I don’t want to. So there.

01. January 2006 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

Every orchestra is different. Sometimes, you’re blown away by a particular musician. If I’m playing the Brahms concerto, it’s crucial to have a great oboe player, because we work in tandem.

-Joshua Bell