Every weekend I get fewer hits. My numbers go down. Sometimes way down. If you look at my site meter link you can easily see that Saturdays and Sundays are the lowest. (Does that link work? If not, scroll to the bottom of this page and you’ll see a link. Then click on “This Month’s Visits By Day”)

What is it with you people? Do you go on vacations or something? Do you actually go out and have fun? Do you only read this when you are at work?

And why did I have a dream last night that included a bunch of people dressed up in Renaissance costumes, headed off to sail across some ocean? And why did an elephant freak out when the horses rode by, nearly stomping me to death?

Just wondering.

Ah well. Time for ME to get ready for work; I teach on Saturday mornings!

19. July 2008 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Links, Quotes, Ramble

A few years ago my friend and I realised that we both loved singing but didn’t do enough of it. So we started a weekly acapella group with just four members. After a year we invited others to join. We didn’t insist on musical experience – in fact some of our members had never sung before. Now the group has ballooned to around fifteen people.

Now, the reason I’m going to try to persuade you that you should start your own acapella group is because I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, increased self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness, and a sense of humour. There! That got your attention. But it wasn’t all made-up: a thirty-year study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities seemed to relate to a healthy and happy old age. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing.

IF I WERE asked to redesign the British educational system, I would start by insisting that group singing become a central part of the daily routine. I think it builds character and, more than anything else, it encourages a taste for co-operation with others. This seems to me about the most important thing a school could give you.

-Brian Eno


Me? I’d prefer to have music in front of me, rather than winging it, as Eno suggests … but I can harmonize without it if necessary. As long as I know the tune.

Thanks, a cappella news, for alerting me to this!

19. July 2008 · Comments Off on I’m Not A Little Kid. I’m Not, I’m Not, I’m Not!! · Categories: Ramble

Orchestras are delicate; handle with care.

Rotter says creatives are often “essentially little kids – scared to death they are going to screw up.” Bellis suggested addressing principal players with specific remarks if you have remarks for sections. (A “Hey, could I hear a ‘D’ from the brass” is better than, “Wow, brass is way outta tune.”)

Hmmm. I’ve never thought of myself as a little kid, and really, I’m not (always!) scared I’m going to screw up. Honest.

I read it here. You can read it too.

19. July 2008 · Comments Off on Gabriel’s Oboe · Categories: Links, Videos, Watch

… by a 9 year old. This is just too sweet and I had to post it.

So yay for you, Javier! Keep on playing that oboe.