04. July 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Mitch Miller was also an oboist at one time. (And yes, I’ve been told Mr. Miller is still alive. He was born in 1911. Maybe oboe playing is good for one’s health?) I have a CD of Frank Sinatra conducting works by Alec Wilder and Mitch Miller played the oboe and English horn on the recording. I worked with the man some years ago. I have stories. I won’t tell. Except this one; you wanted to hide your oboe and reeds before he got to you and grabbed them to play. Other stories will remain in my Secret Story Book.

I wish this video didn’t go all weird on me, but the song (the first, not the web-footed one) is appropriate for today, don’t you think?


  1. Interesting that they sang the “Finlandia” song.

    I have the greatest respect for Mitch Miller. He did a couple fundraisers for the ailing Sacramento Symphony in the mid-1980s, and was incredibly warm and supportive of the musicians.

    Loved the ’70s outfits and hairdos in this video!

  2. Yeah … I didn’t know it had those words. Next time we play it guess I’ll sing along. 😉