04. July 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’m tuning in and out of the fourth of July special on PBS. Right now Huey Lewis and the News are on. Behind them sit the orchestra. They look … well … uncomfortable. I suspect people would say I do too, when I’m sitting on stage for something like this. It’s not that I don’t like the pop music. But when I’m holding an oboe I just feel like I look out of place.

Or maybe that’s just my problem!

On the second tune some of the orchestra is playing (they are doing Power of Love). At least then we have something to DO, which makes things better. It’s that darn sitting thing that’s not fun to do, I think. If I start to “rock out” (huh? ME?) I think I look tremendously goofy.

Oops. Huey Lewis just dropped his microphone. Good thing someone else was singing right then.

Good thing he didn’t drop an oboe.

I think that sort of music works much better live than live on TV.


  1. Well, as long as you don’t take out a book and start reading. And if you do, don’t miss your cue. 🙂

  2. Heh. When it comes to working on stage I’m not a book reader. Or a magazine reader. Some folks are, actually. I heard a story about audience members complaining because at the concert they attended there was seating behind the orchestra. They could see the trombone players reading magazines.

    I just can’t read; I feel as if my attention isn’t completely on the music (and it wouldn’t be) and I do think it bothers audience members. Some players insist that not reading will cause them to play worse because they get too tired when they have a ton of rests (tromobonists tend to have a lot of rests).