No, the power did not go out in the hall.
Yes, we played.
No, it was not warmer.
Yes, I wasn’t comfortable.

Oh well. Can’t have it all, eh?

I had one very odd moment. My brain simply stopped. Or something stopped. When we get to the one lick I blogged about earlier, I first hold a measure of high B. Then I do the run down. As I’m holding the B, I’m thinking “I can’t move my fingers!” Really. It was as if they were frozen. Fortunately I played the darn thing. Unfortunately I had a glitch. Fortunately the other winds came in by then so I’m hoping the audience didn’t even hear it. (Mike? Care to be honest and tell me if the error was glaring? No pressure if you don’t wanna!)

Now I’m home and the rain continues. This is very good news for our area, as we’ve already been told we will soon be on water rationing. Water rationing is tough when one is already attempting to ration water. Seems like those who have wasted water these past years are rewarded by being allowed more water than us. (I’m assuming it’s like last time we had this; your allotted amount is based on past usage. I think it should be based on the size of your yard and the number of people living in your home. But what do I know?)

Tomorrow I’ll finally get to see some of the Amgen Tour of California! Oboe break time.

15. February 2009 · Comments Off on MacLunch! · Categories: Ramble

I’m listening to the rain hit our skylight. And I’m having my nice pre-opera lunch. Yes, I’m really eating THAT much! I’m a bad, bad girl.

It’s pretty darn cold (for this neck ‘o the woods). This makes me think that the pit might be warmer. That probably doesn’t make sense to you … but that’s what I’m thinkin’.

(And Kelsey, here you see the lovely cup and plate you bought us. Thank you!)

15. February 2009 · Comments Off on Power Outages · Categories: Links, Opera

It’s very windy and rainy here today. At about 12:30 AM our power went out. Fortunately it came back on while I was sleeping … I’m a wimp when it comes to power outages. (After all, I have no computer then!) Yesterday, as I blogged earlier, the stand lights went out for a time before our performance.

I was just thinking about the “what if?” thing: What if the power goes out at the hall today?

This has happened a few times in my career. Once it was with opera, once with ballet, and once with symphony.

And now I read this:

The world of opera — famous for its implausible plots — acquired a new one last night when a new opera ended up being been premiered in the bar due to a power cut in the auditorium.

You can read it here, and even hear and see a snippet of the opera.

(As I type this I hear the wind howling I’d better hit “publish” now ….)

15. February 2009 · Comments Off on My Sick Mind · Categories: Opera, Ramble

Tongiht, prior to the performance beginning, a very kind cellist came up to me. The gist of what she said was that she really loved my opening solo … and that I set the entire tone of the opera.


That sort of set me up for fear. I’m silly that way. I then couldn’t help but get this out of my head, and worried that I’d totally blow it. For the entire audience.

Funny how that happens.

Anyway, I played fine. Whew!

The pit was a wee bit more bearable, but not by much. Such is life. And when I first came in some of the stand lights were out. Soon after that they all went out. Oops! It was the wonderful space heaters they brought in for us; so much for those, eh? At least they got the lights back up before downbeat. 🙂