For those of you who are listening, or listened, to Open Source today, I wrote about Lorraine Hunt Lieberson here. I also compiled a list of bloggers who wrote about her after her death.

I just wanted to be sure and post this so you wouldn’t waste your time on my other somewhat silly rambling. (Of course you are all quite welcome to stick around; I love meeting new readers … and reeders.)

I have to be very clear so I make no claims on Ms. Lieberson; we were acquaintances back in college, and in the now defunct San Jose Symphony as well as the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra. I was, at that time, in awe of her, mostly for her beauty and earthy qualities and for the mystery that seemed, to me, to be behind those eyes of hers. But we weren’t close, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m making a friendship claim that isn’t true.

But, having read so many blogs, I think she dragged a whole lot of us in with her voice, and I haven’t experienced that with anyone else. Ever.

13. July 2006 · Comments Off on Want to Play Oboe? · Categories: imported, Ramble

There’s a site (from the UK) that will tell you all about the joys and woes of learning to play the oboe. Really. Of course I just might disagree with some of what they write, but it did make me nod at times and laugh at others.

At the end of the page they give you a brief overview of what they’ve said and I’m posting it here for your enjoyment:


  • Expensive instrument
  • Fairly difficult to start
  • Quite hard to find a teacher
  • Excellent opportunities for group music-making
  • Not particularly prone to damage, repairs can be expensive
  • Very easy to transport
  • These are fairly true, aside from the “hard to find a teacher” line … I’m right here, ready and waiting to teach you! 🙂