29. March 2009 · Comments Off on And Now It Is Over · Categories: Ramble, Symphony

I know how I’m gonna feel tomorrow: I’ll be sad, sort of lost, and wondering about this past week. Some call this a music or musical hangover.

The day after is always a sort of sad day, even while I can relax. And I go over and over how I played, thinking about what I could have done differently.

But I do believe I played well. I rarely feel this content about performances. But for some reason I’m feeling good about these.

Don’t worry. This could change at any moment.

29. March 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: BQOD, Ramble

Anyway, it remains to be seen, what classical music will do in this times – I am happy to play for part of my fee if it contributes towards saving an orchestra’s season, and maybe that would be the way to go for more or less the whole world, at least those who can somewhat afford doing that, because this is just the beginning of the crisis, I am afraid…

I read it here, a blog by a solo cellist, Alan Gerhardt, that I just discovered.

I think there are a good number of musicians who are willing to sacrifice a bit in order to keep groups in business. Sometimes we are seen as money grubbers — and sometimes there’s good reason for that. But these days? I think we just want to see groups survive.

29. March 2009 · Comments Off on Uh-Oh · Categories: Ramble

I woke up with a sore throat and I feel a bit crummy.

Dan had a most horrible cold (or was it a flu?) that took him eons to get over. (I’m not sure he’s even done with it now.) If I’m getting his bug next week’s ballet rehearsals and performances won’t be at all pleasant.

I’ve decided I am not going to get sick. It’s as simple as that.

And yes, I do have a concert today at 2:30.

29. March 2009 · Comments Off on Shaping Cane · Categories: Videos

I had never seen the type of shaper that is shown in the video below. Is this for short scrape reeds, or would it work for mine as well? I wonder.

What I’d really like, though, is an electric shaper. Just think what it might be like if we could have an electric machine! Insert unshaped and it comes out shaped.

I can dream.