26. January 2008 · Comments Off on Feel Free to Help! · Categories: Ramble

I’ve started a Summer Programs page for college students and young professionals. If any readers out there want to recommend one feel free to leave me a message and I’ll happily add to the list.

26. January 2008 · Comments Off on For UCSC Prospective Students · Categories: Ramble

If you are hoping to attend UCSC, be sure and send those scholarship recordings in! They must be postmarked by January 31.

Need the info? Go here.

AND … if you are planning on UCSC, why not drop me a line? 🙂

26. January 2008 · Comments Off on Another Article · Categories: Links

The Freeway Philharmonic documentary is getting a lot of notice. Here is a SF Chronicle article for your enjoyment. Or dismay. Or whatever! (And another instrumentalist, Andy Butler is mentioned; Andy plays in Opera San José.)

I just read this line in a review:

Oboist Sarah Jeffrey, clarinetist Joaquin Valdepenas, bassoonist Michael Sweeney and French-hornist Neil Deland played beautifully, of course ….

When a reviewer writes “of course” I frequently feel rather stupid. Am I supposed to just expect these players to play beautifully, so that’s what the “of course” is about? I dunno.

And, of course (tee hee), I use those two little words frequently too, so who am I to be so darn critical? But I am. So there you go.

(The review itself was an “ouchy” one. You can read it all here.)

In case any of you don’t know who she was (I wrote about her passing yesterday, here is a rather old clip of her playing the “Haydn” slow movement.

26. January 2008 · Comments Off on Uh-oh · Categories: Ramble

Someone landed here by doing a search on I am a boring person.

I’m not sure what that means, but I don’t think it’s good.

I can’t listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things, and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.

-Lenin (read in The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross)