Cosi went fine last night, but the majority of the orchestra froze. Deciding what to wear before leaving home was fairly easy; I knew it would be cold when I arrived at the theatre because they don’t heat the hall early enough to really warm the entire place before we arrive — or even before the audience arrives. I was glad I not only chose my warmest sweater, but also brought my black scarf and black wool coat; I wore the scarf for the entire time, and my colleague (and second oboist) borrowed my coat for the performance. Yes. It was that cold.

The heater was on, and I could feel it if I held my had up by the vents, but that was about it. After the overture, when the curtain opens, a huge rush of cold air comes pouring into the pit from the stage. During intermission we went up and asked what was up. The stage manager said she was freezing too, and that they don’t heat the stage!. That’s right. No heat there. It had something to do with a fire hazard or some such thing, I think. I wasn’t really listening all that carefully. I just knew that there appears to be no solution.

I’m a wimp. I get cold easily. My instruments don’t like cold. But I guess I’m going to deal. Fortunately I can wear my hand warmers (made by Janet Lanier) for the performances, and I just leave them on my tray so there are readily available.

I’m at my latest favorite coffee shop and the two women (I’m holding back from calling them girls so I don’t offend readers, but I really prefer the word girls to the word women … “women” sounds like old, uptight, dressed in suits sorts. Go figure.) who work here are loudly talking music and what they like and how on Fridays they ought to nix the softer stuff, “mix it up”, and play the lively music. I want to yell out, “NOOOO” (in good old Anakin Skywalker form I suppose), but I’m refraining. Still, if it’s loud, fast and annoying next week will I have to find a new favorite coffee shop? I hope not!

Can I have some classical music suggestions?

mylo asked the question:

I continue to hear about research done proving that listening to classical music while studying can actually make you focus better, and that it is the only music to not hinder your learning abilities while studying.
I’d like to give this a shot!

Can someone point me in the right direction?
I would like some good classical music to start off with. Maybe something nice and pleasant? Nothing too dramatic, startling, or distracting, but anything that is classical music will be fine!

So please, start me off in the right direction with classical music!

13. February 2009 · Comments Off on Screaming … Singing … What’s the Diff? · Categories: Havin' Fun

Swedish police said they broke down the door of a hostel after hearing what seemed to be a woman’s screams, only to discover an opera singer was practicing.

Found here.

13. February 2009 · Comments Off on The Oboe · Categories: Oboe, Read Online

Quotes from online:

Usually, the sound of the oboe is a bit irritating for me because the sound bounces back and forth between my ears, but this was sheer bliss.

An oboe played less-than-fabulously sounds much like a cat being tortured.

I too played the oboe for seven years in junior high and high school. I’m pretty sure it was the reason why I had so many boyfriends (too many to count, I assure you) in my adolescence.

I’m like listening to classical now. 92.4FM. Friggin’ weird, but who cares, who doesn’t like beautiful music? I LOVE THE OBOE SOLOS LAAAA.

Just three minutes long, it squeezes in several great bits within the first 11 seconds, all in a sort of oboe’n’bass hip-hop jazz style that owes more to Oliver Postgate than DJ Premier.

I read the last one here.

Hmmm. I listened to the music written about above, and I hear sax and clarinets, but I sure don’t hear an oboe! So tell me … do YOU hear an oboe in this?