05. May 2009 · Comments Off on And The Solution Is (I think!) · Categories: Ramble

… if I put an earplug in my left ear only, I think I can actually hear things more clearly. Until the tinnitus goes away, that very well may be the best solution. I tried it at tonight’s rehearsal, and it seemed to work just fine. There’s a tad of “disconnect” with an earplug, but there’s a tad of disconnect with tinnitus too, so it’s really a toss up on that issue.

And I believe I hear my pillow calling my name. Off to bed with me!

05. May 2009 · Comments Off on Assistant Conductor of San Francisco Symphony · Categories: Announcements, Links, Press Releases

The San Francisco Symphony today announced the appointment of Donato Cabrera as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) beginning in September 2009.

Found it here.

I have one student and another “sometime student” who play in the youth symphony.

Maestro Cabrera has a blog … or, i guess he calls it a journal. Sort of similar though, right?

05. May 2009 · Comments Off on Free Stuff · Categories: Ramble

Sometimes having a blog gets me free things. I’m not really into blogging for free things, and I honestly don’t need free stuff (aside from reeds, which I always need!), but if someone wants to send me something to read, listen to, or play (as in reeds … so far no oboes or English horns have arrived at my PO Box!) for review, I’m happy to do it. But I’m also busy, so I don’t get to things very quickly. So far I’ve only written one of my “non-reviews” (I call them that because, to be honest, I simply can’t call myself a reviewer) on a CD. I have two more CDs and two books sitting here. Sigh. Reviewers really do have to work!

I think reviewers have to think differently than I do. When I get something for free I automatically want to like it. I can’t help myself. I feel sort of obligated to like it. So I feel rotten when I don’t like something. How do reviewers do it, I wonder? Or maybe I’m the only one with this problem …?

Funny thing, too, is a book I recently received. It’s a small, gift-sized book of musical quotations. The publisher (self-published, I’m sure) wondered if I wanted to use it for my university classes. Hmmm. Methinks the publisher needed to do more research on this sort of thing! In addition, the book says no part of the book may be “reproduced in any form except for the inclusion of brief quotations in review without the express permission in writing from the publisher”. Um. Hello? These are quotes you can find anywhere. The pictures look to be stock images, and no credit is given to a photographer.

I’m going to skip reviewing this “book”. That’s my way of dealing with any guilt or feeling that I need to give a positive review. 🙂

The other book and the two CDs. Gotta get to them soon.

05. May 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I don’t think anything compares to the year I tried the oboe. My poor, poor parents.