30. April 2009 · Comments Off on This Makes Me Smile · Categories: Videos

I love seeing and hearing children sing. I hear so often that children don’t do this any more. Well, check this out … it’s great!

And there are more videos … I’ll put another up now … because I am moved by these …

30. April 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Watch

it’s pretty cool. (I have one student – Hi Tim! – that I think will truly enjoy this, too.)

30. April 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

Using “tinnitus” and “oboe” in the same sentence is redundant…

-Tom Listmann

30. April 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Practicing oboe in the morning the WORST possible warm up. My chops feel like someone took a razor blade to them.

And the answer is: Labyrinthitis.

Yes. I have a balance disorder. Why does this very sick mind enjoy reading that and nearly laugh (but I refrain, because I still ache).

And yes, I have tinnitus. And I hate it. I’ve had hearing issues for a while which is no surprise with my job, but this is really miserable.

So back to web silence for now. Some of you have written and I do thank you for your concern!

29. April 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Just decided that I’m gonna force my kids to learn to play the oboe and the bassoon. No fruity loops and 808s in my house.

29. April 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

The career is important and often intoxicating, but nothing is as valuable as family and friends. Life is never in balance, so give up trying to keep it in balance, and accept the chaos. Family first.

-Frederica von Stade

I read it here.

For the first time in my career — at least as far as I can remember — I had to call in sick for a performance. It takes a lot for me to do that. But … if a person can’t walk without throwing up, and that walking looks like a drunk walk, it’s probably best to stay home. And stay home I did. Last night was one of the worst nights in my life.

I called a good friend and wonderful musician to line him up so our personnel manager didn’t have to stress too much. I hate stressing people out. I hope things went okay … I’m sure they did, what with Mike playing!

Today I’m still suffering from vertigo and I’m still not well, but at least I can walk a few steps and back.

Now it’s back to bed with me. Any blog posts you see here were scheduled earlier (I can’t remember if I scheduled some and I can’t take the time to check … I have to close this computer before it makes me ill; the screen make my stomach feel yucky, believe it or not.)

28. April 2009 · Comments Off on Brandon! · Categories: Ramble

So Brandon has something up at emusic now! He had a track before, but you had to purchase a variety of folks to get his. This time it’s his and his alone. And there’s a picture of him … an interview … fun stuff!

Yeah, I’m a proud mama. 🙂

It’s part of the emusic selects stuff, and the album is Dark Energy.

What fun!

28. April 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: TQOD

Oboe reeds are evil.