19. May 2007 · Comments Off on Yo-Yo A Sellout? · Categories: imported, Ramble

I don’t think so, but I guess some one does.

So it appears I’m becoming less popular as I continue this blog. Ah well. What’s a double reed player to do? The last time Scott did this I was #15. Wow. #15. Not bad, eh?


I’m 29. And I’m not talking my age.

As I wrote (altered slightly) as a comment at Scott’s:

Ah the lonely oboist;
She plays a lowly reed.
And slowly she moves down the list—
she isn’t what they need.
They do not care to hear her whine.
They do not read her all day long.
And so she sits, alone and sad,
her pity party going strong.

Tee hee.

But then … lookee here! Roger Bourland graciously offered to move me to 28. What a guy, eh? 🙂

And yes, as Roger points out, if I move to a different blog server I have to start all over again.

Starting all over again is gonna be rough. So rough.

I’m thinking (again) about reorganizing music blog links. I’m probably going to remove a few too. Don’t take it (too) personally; if your blog isn’t updated a lot (and so many are slow to post these days), if it isn’t really about music, or for some other random pattyreason™ I may take it down for now. I’ll still check out those blogs on occasion. Really.

Via Jason Heath I landed at (or is it on?) this blog by a horn player, and that will most certainly be added to the list. Since I’m a performer I especially enjoy reading performers’ blogs. Sometimes they make me feel like I’m not so insane as I fear. Other times they make me realize how good I have it with my jobs. And of course there are those Envy Times as well. But that’s okay. I really don’t get horribly envious, as it doesn’t suit me well.

In any case, if I remove you and you want to be added back in, just say the word.

19. May 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

My father gave me a choice of two records: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, which he was hoping I would go for, or Love For Three Oranges, which was rather more dissonant and not my father’s favourite music at all. But my brother and I fell in love with it, and it led me to Prokofiev’s Seventh Piano Sonata, the third movement, in 7/8 time, which is one of the greatest rock’n’roll pieces – it’s got a pulse going though it and it’s absolutely wonderful. Every single musical I have ever written has a piece in 7/8 time and that clearly has something to do with Prokofiev.

-Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

I post this after watching this, Sir ALW’s obit. (No, he didn’t really die … it’s a spoof. But it’s quite funny. Mr. Original he’s not!) Do note: if you don’t like seeing a naked man from the back don’t watch this. Got it?

19. May 2007 · Comments Off on I’m Confused! · Categories: imported, Ramble

… and of course that is not at all unusual.

The New York Times has a pretty positive article about San José. They even mention both Symphony Silicon Valley and Opera San José. (And for once there is no mention of the San Jose Symphony’s (RIP) demise.)

BUT … at the top of this article I see this:

Central and South America > Costa Rica > San Jose
Next Stop | San Jose, Calif.
A Dot-Com City Comes Back After the Collapse
Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

The article really is about San José, California, even though we first read Central and South America > Costa Rica > San Jose. And since the line right under that says “Next Stop San Jose, Calif” (Who, by the way, still abbreviates the states that way? It’s just CA, yes?) I suppose this can make sense. But if you click on the links under the “San Jose Travel Guide” you are taken back to Costa Rica.

Hmmm. I think that’s an error, but maybe I’m just too stupid to understand what the Times is doing. After all, I’m from the wacky west. 😉

In any case … ramble, ramble … it’s nice to see such a positive piece, even if it isn’t all together true.

For instance, I’m not at all sure that we San Joséans have a “positive image” about our city. I’ve never felt as if we had a core about us. Maybe, with the new city hall, that will change, but we are such a “spawl city” kind of place. Those of is in the (quick now, put your nose in the air and speak in a hoity toity voice) Willow Glen don’t usually say we are from San José. We instead say “I’m from Willow Glen” or, if we want to help the listener out a bit more, “I’m from the Willow Glen area of San José.”

But I ramble. As always. Mostly I was just pleased to see the NYT feature my “little” (hah!) town, and then was curious about the Costa Rica links.

Oh … and they say housing is affordable.

I can’t stop laughing.