27. July 2006 · Comments Off on More like a Crow, If You Ask Me! · Categories: imported, Ramble

“At the first rehearsal, it was a riot, because the oboist was just warming up her reed and my ears perked up. I heard this unusual sound and I said, “What are you doing?” and she said, “Warming up my reed.” I said, “That’s the way the piece is gonna start.” It sounded like a bird.”

It’s funny, but I’ve never thought about the word “bird” when I think about crowing the reed! I do realize a crow is a kind of bird. Hmmm. Funny me. I also never “warm up my reed” … but I guess others do. (I do check the reed by crowing it, but I’ve not considered that warming it up.)

I read this article here.

27. July 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

If you’re going to play the oboe, you have to have elementary bravery, or you’re in big trouble. Some of them are nutty, wild and unreasonable. I call myself a quintessential Cleveland Orchestra player — orthodox, but zippy, and nonwacko. I hate wacko.

-John Mack