… are just bad days for practice. Nothing is feeling right. Hmmm. Ever had those?


I think I’ll take a break, and see if coming back to it later. Perhaps my reeds and my brain will behave better later in the day.

18. October 2006 · Comments Off on Naked Classics · Categories: imported, Ramble

No, there is no nudity. (Even the thought of a naked orchestra makes me cringe.)

This article contains information about a new series with the RSNO. On the first half of the program a work will be dissected by Mr. Rissmann. On the second half the orchestra will play that work. And only that work.

I’ve not heard of Paul Rissmann before, but it sounds as if he’s quite popular and in high demand with orchestras.

Newbies to the concert hall may truly enjoy the talking and visual aids that go with the first half’s presentation. Folks who like to hear a concert talk will will be happy as well, I suspect. I enjoy concert talks, but I’m not always up for one. So I’d probably have to gear up for it. I’d really like to see and hear what he does, though, because I think every time I’ve been in an orchestra that plays examples and is involved in a concert talk I’ve felt they were poorly presented, boring, and of very little interest or help to the listener. It sounds as if Mr. Rissmann is excellent with the 3 to 18 year old crowd. And since I think I fall into about the 13 year old range as far as the “inner me” maybe I’d really like it! 🙂

18. October 2006 · Comments Off on Sure … I was Born Yesterday … · Categories: imported, Ramble

Yet another believable email from a potential student:

From: terry_mcdonald03@yahoo.com
Date: October 18, 2006 2:32:33 AM PDT
To: liljustin@gmail.com

My name is Terry Mcdonald .I am 24 years old and I am a European. For a living I am a business man, I deal mostly in Precious stones and Jewelry. I supply watches, wedding rings, and jewelry to stores in US Europe, and Asia. Actually that is my family business, we are from UK. Dad lived in USA because he used to love it there Unfortunately my father passed away on the 5th of sept and as the only son in my family I have to go and take care of the family business in USA.

But for my leisure i need a good and very intelligent Music instructor to follow up my music career which i have chosen interest in before i went to the business line.
I am interested in getting a well behaved and tactical Music trainer who will take me to the peak of music and through all i need to know in my music career.

pls let me know how much you charge and duration of our lesson also let me know the instrument you teach…. and your location in your next email….I am just a beginner and i dont have any instrument in mind for now….


Now I have to admit that I don’t get these as often as I get Viagra, Rolex, and weight losing spam, but these ones probably tick me off the most; they want to direct these specifically toward folks in the music profession. They must search for email addresses that include an instrument name.


(At the same time, what these emails contain makes me laugh, they are so ridiculous.)