09. January 2008 · Comments Off on Glass Sesame Street · Categories: Videos, Watch

Man, I had totally forgotten about these! (Four segments put together as one.) Too darn cool. I must have seen these when my kiddos were young, as I didn’t watch TV in 1979, and didn’t own a TV until 1982. But I remember them. I hadn’t a clue I was listening to Philip Glass at the time!

Brought to my attention by Cafe Aman.

(It sure would be cool if I could put YouTube videos up here, but I can’t figure it out. Oh well.)

09. January 2008 · Comments Off on Several Good Reeds Reads · Categories: Links

Okay, we all have ’em; bad music nightmares. They can be incredibly irrational. But never have I had one quite as good as this.

Never eat any cookies made by an oboist is what I say.

“T” blogs about getting back to work. While I’m not an anesthetist and can’t say how that feels, I’ve been off work for a time and had to get back to it. It’s not always easy.

Jillian shows a cute little onesie some not at all anonymous oboist sent her little one. I just couldn’t resist!

09. January 2008 · Comments Off on Welcome Armenia and Honduras! · Categories: Ramble

I get visitors from a lot of places. I don’t check my stats every day, but when I do and I see a new country I put it on my list. Here is what I have currently (if I’m missing your country let me know; I can’t check the stats frequently enough to be completely accurate):

Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium
Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
Egypt, Estonia
Finland, France
Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece
Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy
Korea, Kyrgyzstan
Latvia, Lithuania
Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco
Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway
Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico
Romania, Russian Federation, Moscow
Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa (Western Cape, Bellville & Capetown), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uraguay

Alberta, Edmonton
Manitoba, Winnipeg
Nova Scotia
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Vancouver, B.C.
… and more … I lost track …

(States in red are MIA)
Arizona, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Honolulu), Idaho,, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa , Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusets, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsyvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

My daughter just sent me this. I’ve decided to call it “Minuet in Goat Major”.

Because I can.

The BBC is going to have a new reality show. I wish we in the states could see it. Oh well.

We’ve had them ballroom dancing, ice-skating and eating live insects in the jungle. Now a group of celebrities are to pick up their batons and try their hand at conducting. The BBC has just commissioned a new reality TV series called Maestro, in which seven celebrity would-be conductors will go head-to-head on the podium before orchestras and choirs. The winner of the series, expected to air on BBC2 this summer, will step up to conduct an orchestra during the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September.
All the participants are yet to be finalised, but broadcaster Jon Snow is rumoured to be one of the contestants. All participants will be offered pearls of wisdom from a panel of top international conductors, and mentored by a number of young conductors.
Plans for Maestro come hot on the heels of BBC2’s previous classical music reality series, Classical Star, which began last October.

The BBC insists that both Classical Star and Maestro are vital in their aim of bringing the classical genre to fresh viewers. Of Maestro, a BBC spokesperson said: “This programme is still in the pipeline at present, but if it does go ahead we hope that by following different people’s journeys in learning how to conduct, it will succeed in opening up classical music to a completely different audience.”

I didn’t see “Classical Star” either … would have enjoyed that as well.

What makes a good conductor? To me it’s a bit of a mystery. I’ve played under conductors who were quite clear but lacked something. I’ve played under a conductor who merely had to nod his head and I knew exactly what he wanted. The older I get, the more I admire a good conductor and yearn to work under the great ones.

In the CD player (because I know you’re dying to know):

A Song – For Anything: Songs by Charles Ives

Songs by Samuel Barber

A Song in my Heart

Guess I’m in a singing mood, eh? Or, really, a listening to singing mood.

The Bryn Terfel is a hodge-podge, including Shenandoah. Some might scoff. I’m a sucker for that tune. What can I say? It hits my heart. And I’m a heart person. Sometimes I yearn to have someone nearby I can grab and say “LISTEN! Feel that?! It cuts into you, doesn’t it?” Is it silly that Shenandoah can do that to me? Probably so. But one thing about me and blogging; I’m as honest as I can possibly be. So there you go. I suppose I should only admit to things like Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, eh? Sounds more … oh, I dunno, admirable, maybe? But hey, I yam what I yam, and there you go.

I marvel at the human voice. When I play oboe I try to sing through it. I envy those who can open their mouths and produce such glorious sounds.

And they don’t have to make reeds, either.