I was visiting Anne-Carolyn Bird’s site, and read this:

After this evening’s audition, JD and I went to the musician’s candy store:

Now, being I am who I am, I honestly thought, before continuing to read, “Totally cool! A candy shop for musicians! I wonder if they have candy in the shape of instruments.”


She was writing about a music store. Which of course makes complete sense.

But now you know where my brain is. And is not. 😉

05. December 2006 · Comments Off on Well … not QUITE … · Categories: imported, Ramble

Read online just now:

A thief swiped a high-priced musical instrument at Bellevue West High School sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 7 leaving its owner singing the blues. Reported stolen was a Yamaha wood oboe in its black plastic case worth almost $2,000.

Um. That isn’t a “high-priced musical instrument”. It’s an oboe. And it’s a musical instrument. But high priced? I don’t think so!

I got a kick out of reading the crime reports from this small town paper, though. They were somewhat amusing.

05. December 2006 · Comments Off on Conductorless · Categories: imported, Ramble

There’s an article in SF Gate about the orchestra I’m in. Symphony Silicon Valley doesn’t have a permanent conductor, and the article deals with that. We work with a variety of conductors, although it’s not often that we have seven different conductors for the seven concert series we do. The article implies that, but usually some of the conductors come several times in the year. This year we will see Joseph Silverstein twice.

I’m okay with having all these different conductors, although there are problems. I think most orchestras identity is very focussed on the conductor. We don’t have that, and it seems we don’t really have any clear identity. We’ve also had a few conductors that were … well … less than stellar in the past. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, though, I’ll never say a negative word about a conductor I work with. It simply isn’t wise to do so. And we manage to play fairly well even with some of the conductors I don’t care for. We’ve received some of our best reviews, in fact, when we’ve played under a conductor that drove me batty!

One thing I’ve noticed in reviews, by the way: if the orchestra plays very well the conductor gets major kudos and seems to get all the credit. If the orchestra gets a bad review, the reviewer tends to blame the musicians. That gets very tiring. And I can’t tell you how horrible it is to read, “Maestro X really coaxed good music out of the orchestra,” as if we can’t do it on our own. Trust me, we can! 🙂

05. December 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Part of my big message with all this is that if you are alive, you know all you need to know about the message of classical music, because more than any other music, it is about the way life really is.

-Michael Tilson Thomas

(I’m not sure what this means, to be honest. But it’s a pretty quote. Pretty is nice. But classical music is a message about the way life really is? No other music does this as well? Why do I not understand this? Someone fill me in, please!)