26. May 2008 · Comments Off on Lowering that BP · Categories: Links, News, Ramble

Suffering from high blood pressure? Well then all you need to do is listen to just 30 minutes of rhythmically homogeneous music every day. Researchers at the American Society of Hypertension’s Twenty Third Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2008) reported that patients with mild hypertension who listened to just half an hour of classical, Celtic or raga music a day for four weeks experienced significant reductions in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (ABP).


Oh goody! I’m going to go put on some Stravinsky to lower my blood pressure. We are doing Rite of Spring next week, so it would benefit me in two ways; studying the work and lower my bp.

Um … yes indeed, all classical music is “rhythmically homogeneous”.

Oh wait. Maybe they are actually referring to the classical era in this article (for once)? Could it be?

Truth be told, I don’t need to lower my blood pressure; I’m blessed with low blood pressure. So never mind that.

In other news … I woke up, got out of bed, went to the family room couch, put up two blog entries, the latter about being tired, and proceeded to fall asleep. I only finally got out of my robe at about 10:00. Tiredness has, indeed, invaded this body. This isn’t atypical of the DayAfterTheRun. It’s just that I’m caught off guard each time. Because I’m slow to learn. I’m finally having my cup of coffee now, so maybe I’ll get a little spurt of energy after that.

Or maybe I’ll take another nap.

26. May 2008 · Comments Off on Tired! · Categories: Ramble

I woke up at a fairly decent time considering the fact that I did a four show weekend. But now I’m on the couch and thinking I just might fall back asleep. I’m really exhausted, and it’s just hitting me hard.

Ah well. I do have things to do, but maybe one more hour of sleep …?

26. May 2008 · Comments Off on Conductors and Microphones · Categories: Links, Ramble

Jason Heath blogs about conductors speaking at concerts.

Sometimes they drive me nuts, sometimes not. It is dependent on who is doing the talking. Some have the gift. Some do not. Most who do not have the gift haven’t a clue that they don’t. But, for the most part, I’m really not into of talking before a concert—whether it is done by a conductor or someone else I find it a distraction, and sometimes it feels a bit like being back at an elementary school concert or something. But I guess audiences like it. Or so I’ve been told.

Anyway, read Jason’s post and answer his question. If you want to.

In other news … it’s Memorial Day here in the US. Most people don’t work, but I’ll still teach my students. I’ve had to cancel too many students recently due to jobs that conflicted with lesson times, so I really didn’t want to cancel more. So there you go. Work continues.

I’m tired, and I think I’m feeling the start of the day-after burnout and emptiness.