21. October 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: TV

Patrick Jane: Peter and the Wolf. Is the duck a flute or bassoon? I can’t remember.

Jennifer Sands: A bassoon, I think.

Just heard on The Mentalist. (Yeah, I’m watching that. Sorry to disappoint you.) Now we’ll see if the answer has anything to do with solving the crime. (Can’t imagine you can expect a concert goer to know the answer necessarily.)


If only you’d told me the duck was played by an oboe.

That DID solve the case. And she was expected to know that, if she really had gone to the concert. I have to say that’s one poor case, because I can’t tell you how many people go to concerts and think they’ve heard an oboe when they’ve heard something else. Even if they tell you it’s an oboe, how many people who don’t normally attend concerts remember the names of instruments? AND, wouldn’t her daughter have said, “We didn’t go to that concert,” if she was asked. Geesh. That’s it. Failure of show.

All because it was the oboe.

21. October 2008 · Comments Off on Stupid Loud Music · Categories: News

Two Myrtle Beach men argued about one man’s classical music, according to a police report.

A 53-year-old man called police at 7:45 p.m. Monday to Timberline Lane after his neighbor yelled and cursed at him for playing classical music on his acoustic guitar, the report showed. The man told police his neighbor came to his apartment and yelled obscenities at him.

The officer went to the neighbor’s home and the man told police he yelled at the man to stop playing his music so loud, but that he did not curse at him, the report showed.

Hmmm. Classical music being played on acoustic guitar is too loud? What is this world coming to? 😉

I read it here.

21. October 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Oboe

I picked up my repaired oboe (yay!), and had Mark look at the other one as well, which should now be a happy camper. At least for the time being. I also tried the MCW he had on hand. It’s a lovely instrument (and yes, it’s coming home with me, Tim!). I tried a used Loree and used Laubin, and I have to say I like the MCW more. So go figure.

Of course maybe I’ll steal it before you even get your hands on it. 😉

21. October 2008 · Comments Off on Critique · Categories: Ramble

Mark Adamo doesn’t write glowing things about Dr. Atomic.

I don’t know Mr. Adamo’s music. At all. I’ve looked online occasionally to see if emusic has his work, and so far they don’t. I do want to hear his music, so I suppose I’ll have to venture out of emusic and go elsewhere.

I would guess that critiquing another composer’s work takes guts.


I’m wimpy. Everyone knows I’m wimpy by now. Aside from being honest with students, I don’t like to say or write negative things about much of anything or anyone. I hate confrontation. I don’t like to hurt anyone, and I hate getting anyone angry. I’d rather walk away than get into an argument. I’d rather seethe in my little room than be honest about something that really has me upset, if it causes distress between another person and yours truly. It’s not that I’m better than anyone else and want to be a peacemaker. It’s that I’m wimpy. Really.

If I write about fellow oboists it’s nearly always because I’m impressed by them. I don’t need to comment on those I’m less impressed with — I suppose my silence speaks a bit anyway, yes? I’d rather remain quiet on the negative and loudly proclaim the positive. But you can bet that if I say anything positive about a performer or a performance I mean every word of it. I have made a promise to myself to never flatter or compliment when I don’t mean it. Really.

It’s not because I’m better than anyone else. I’m just not the brave sort who can critique negatively and deal with any backlash. But I am the sort who believes we can use all the honest compliments we can get in this business. It’s too darn stressful, don’tcha think?

But back to the opera … I liked Dr. Atomic. Dan (my husband), saw it twice, so he clearly liked it. But I’m just an oboe player. I like what I like and don’t like what I don’t like and can only very poorly — if at all — explain why.

21. October 2008 · Comments Off on Thought for the Day · Categories: Links, Listen, Videos, Watch

14. Recitative

O bright example of all goodness!
How easy seems affliction’s heavy load,
While thus instructed, and companion’d thus,
As ’twere with Heav’n conversing, we look down
On the vain pomp of proud prosperity.

15. Air

Bane of virtue, nurse of passions,
Soother of vile inclinations,
Such is, prosperity, thy name.
True happiness is only found,
Where grace and truth and love abound,
And pure religion feeds the flame.
Bane of virtue. . . (da capo)

… and because I have to post this as well, it’s so wonderful … here you go with more …

And yes … Lorraine Hunt Lieberson … sigh. No. Words.

(You can read Alex Ross’s words here, though.)

Heh. DK (yeah, I know you’ve already seen this!), you don’t look at ALL like this bassoonist. In case you were wondering. 😉