I get asked this. The doctor who asked me, then said, “Well, what do you really do?” when I said I was an oboist. He just knew I couldn’t possibly by making an income from playing. Tee hee … we get to play … ha ha … he doesn’t. (Or maybe he loves his job so much it’s like playing?)

Anyway, what DO I do? And do I make a living? I’m married, and my husband makes the higher salary these days. But I think I could make it on my own between ALL my jobs: performing, teaching at two universities (only private lessons … I’m not professor or Dr. or anything), and private studio. But I wouldn’t have any health benefits. That’s would be a drag. So maybe I wouldn’t be making a living after all. Maybe I’d have to quit and get a “real job”.

I just read this:

Many decades ago, I heard Conti say, “You are what you do. If you drive a cab five days a week, and play music on the week-end, you are not a musician, you are a cab driver who plays music”.

What you read above is from Loose Poodle in this blog entry. It does make me think. And I can’t say I entirely disagree with Conti. (Aside: He came to San Jose Symphony (RIP) quite some time ago, by the way. I barely remember him, though. He didn’t leave any impression for yours truly. Maybe someday I should write about the folks that DID make a good impression. I won’t write about those who left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m careful that way.)

Anyway, I have to admit I kind of laugh (only in my head, not in their faces) at people who say, “I’m a [fill in a profession]” but don’t practice that profession in any significant way, other than in the privacy of their own home (or privacy of their own brain). Maybe that makes me sound like a snob. Sigh.

But … what the heck am I? I don’t make a full time income as an oboist. I don’t make a full time income as a teacher. So I just don’t know what I am now.


Am I anything? Aside from goofy? And lazy.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. 🙂

02. January 2008 · Comments Off on No Work · Categories: Ramble

I was just talking with a friend (and fine musician) today. Both of us are off work for a while. I’m happy to be able to stay home and get some things done around here (I did some good cleaning today!), and it’s great to hang out with family. Still, I do miss my orchestra pals, making music … and even my whining and all about being so tired. Funny how that happens!

There is something about work … while it is absolutely exhausting sometimes, and while I often feel under-appreciated—but who doesn’t, eh?—and working means late hours and all that jazz, it’s also energizing and fulfilling. So it’ll be great to get back. Really. (Remind me about writing this when I start grumping, please!)

Meanwhile …
I’m so excited about flying to SoCal this weekend. Kelsey, Mel and I will be meeting with vendors, and I’ll finally get to see Falkner Winery. We have a reservation for lunch at the winery’s Pinnacle Restaurant too.

I found several photographers that I was really impressed with, and we are meeting with a couple of them. I wonder if it’s typical to meet with several or if I’m being silly? Anyone been through this? I just think a photographer is such a vital part of this … you want someone who makes you feel comfortable, you know? We are only meeting with one wedding florist and one cake person (hmm. I guess I could use the word “baker”, right?). I’d love to meet with the guitarist as well, but perhaps we’ll save that for next time. I will be playing one tune with him … although what hasn’t been decided upon.

Yes. I am playing at my own daughter’s wedding. Woo hoo!

02. January 2008 · Comments Off on Thanks, Joyce DiDonato! · Categories: Links, Videos, Watch

I had never seen this Louis Armstrong/Danny Kaye duo before. If only I’d done a little YouTubing (that IS a verb, isn’t it?) while I was watching The Court Jester on the 31st … heh … bet that would have come up, eh? But in any case, many thanks to Ms. DiDonato, via The Standing Room’s (del.icio.us) Reading Room. Great fun!

Of course NOW I did have to blog Danny Kaye … and, well, here’s something to start with … Danny Kaye showing us what a conductor really looks like! Plus …

Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Gotta get this one!)

Children, what makes music music?
Music! “Und” why?
When to the symphony you go
and they’re playing fast but slow
Do you hear the pizzicato’s sweet hello
when you go
Or the flugelhorns up high
Or the fiddles when they cry
No, und why
Because you don’t go
You see, children.
A symphony is not only music.
It tells a story which has
a beginning, middle und an end.
Except of course,
the “Unfinished Symphony”…
which has a beginning…

(The ending of this clip is great … watch the whole thing. He’s quite impressive.)