18. August 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

I was just sent a wonderful article that will appear in The New Yorker‘s August 25 issue. (Or is it out already?) It’s a great read (close to a good reed, but not quite), and I’ll probably be reading and re-reading it for a while. I can “see” much of what he describes, as he talks about coming to California, living in Berkeley, having a cabin in the Sierras … all places I’ve been. And he talks about the music going on in the 70’s. I was in college from ’74 – ’79. As he talks about the music he was doing I think, “Yep, been there, done that.” Or sometimes “Been there, seen and heard that,” since I didn’t do the electronic music thing (but was closely linked to it, since Dan was in the middle of it all with his SJSU instructor, Allen Strange). Having gotten through a number of pages I came across a portion that just made me stop and have to post some of it (I have to cut a bit to follow copyright laws). I know Dan will love it too:

On an early evening in the spring of 1976, I had a revelation while driving along a ridge in the Sierras, in my old Karmann Ghia convertible. … ever-increasing piles of plastic cassette cases … everything from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew.” That evening, the Sony was playing a recording of music from Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung.” As I guided the car along the sharp curves and looked out on mist lingering below in narrow ravines and riverbeds, I listened intently to the shapely ascents and descents of Wagner’s melodies and to the rich, morphing harmonic world that they described. Wagner had not been on my mind much in those days. But this music, especially the quiet opening bars of “Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey”—with its graceful leaps of sixths and sevenths, its soft cushions of string chords—spoke to me. I said out loud, almost without thinking, “He cares.”

If allowed, I’ll post more later, where Adams goes on to explain the “He cares,” bit.

Then again, you could just pick up a copy of The New Yorker magazine, August 25 issue. And I’ve just been informed it’s on newsstands as of today. 🙂

18. August 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: BQOD, Links

My wife Andrea (Andrea Lenz—RCO principal oboist) and I often hear from people that we are “so lucky to get to do what we love.” Some days I do indeed love what I do, and some days “a job is a job” and I would rather stay at home with a glass of wine and a good book than go to the 10 millionth rehearsal of my life. When I’m feeling my very best about what I do (both playing music and managing an orchestra), it is because the results cause other people to be happy.

I read the quote here at the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s blog.

18. August 2008 · Comments Off on Back To School Work · Categories: Links, Ramble

My husband, who teaches at a local college, and our son, who attend UCSC, are still on vacation. Silly boys.

While I have taught all summer, I’m back to work “for reals” (as children like to say) this week. I have San Jose Chamber Orchestra (Opera!) and Symphony Silicon Valley (Music in the Meadow. I won’t be playing Video Games Live, as it only needs one oboist) this week. The following week I begin Opera San José, where we will be doing Eugene Onegin. In the middle of the opera run we also have a gala concert.

In addition, most of my students will get back to their regular schedules. Some I haven’t seen all summer long. I’m looking forward to seeing those I’ve missed, and getting everyone back on the “normal” schedule. I have a list of twenty students, but I have a feeling some may not be coming back. Good old marching band looks to have taken away one until at least the end of the year, and a couple others seem to be running out of time for oboe, what with their grueling school schedules and other activities. Guess I’ll find out soon. Our local schools begin this week or the next.

I’ll be glad to get back to “complete work” even though, for some reason, I don’t feel as if I had a vacation this summer. Work is good. Paychecks are very, very nice! 🙂