“Wait!” he commanded his listener. “Wait for this! A high F! Here it comes . . .” And as the notes climbed and reached, dancing higher and higher until they concluded with one last pure sound, Meyers smiled, and seemed very, very pleased.

Um. Okay. I hate playing high F, but it’s really no longer considered a big deal … is it?

In any case, that’s only the last paragraph of a very bizarre article about an oboist who has been arrested

The article tells us, early on:

Today, however, Meyers will face the music in a courtroom in Greenbelt. Having pleaded guilty in November to three counts of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering, he awaits sentencing by a federal judge. Meyers could receive up to 20 years in prison. Even one year away, he says, would surely spell the end of his music career.

(Don’t you just hate those silly little musical inserts … “face the music”?! … ugh. Not terribly original.)

Um. Yes, being in prison for 20 years when one is 62 isn’t a good thing. And one year away could put an end to his career. Poor guy. All for something for which he’s completely innocent, I’m sure. But of course maybe he can do some of those opera productions I blogged about yesterday. But still, he’s just got to be innocent. What musician—especially an oboist—would ever do something illegal? We are all so darn honest, I tell you.

And Hatto really did play for those recordings.

Okay, okay, he’s innocent until proven guilty. I’ll wait. But you know us oboists. We carry knives. We carry razor blades. And we are crazy. And mostly poor. Go figure. Oh … and I should probably admit I’m quite opposed to gambling, which is why I’m behaving badly for this blog entry.

Okay … I shouldn’t make light of someone’s life. So I do apologize for that. After sitting on this for a while I start to feel a bit bad. I hope the guy isn’t put in prison for 20 years. I hope he isn’t as guilty as some might say. And I hope this doesn’t ruin his oboe playing life.

Will I be playing when I’m 61. Hmmm. I wonder.

Thanks to Robert Levine, principal violist of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, for this news item. 🙂


  1. Um… honest oboists? Hm… I never thought about those two words going together. Lemme just run a couple lines by you.

    “It’s the reed…”

    “The weather changed…”

    “Did we change altitude?”

    “This cane must be terrible.”

    Are these lies that just I tell myself?  

    Man… I’m more lost that I thought.     

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Well, you know me … I’m an oboist. So when I say we are being honest … well … you know how much THAT means! 😉