23. June 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’m a Top Chef fan. I love that show. It nearly makes me want to cook. Not quite, but close. Mostly, of course, it makes me want to eat!

But yikes! I just saw a commercial where Padma Lakshmi is advertising Carl’s Jr..

Really?! Sigh. How disappointing.

Mostly I’m now waiting for Project Runway. Yes. I’m that shallow. I like Top Chef and Project Runway.

And you thought I was all oboe, all the time. Hah!

23. June 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes, Videos

I used to write like the devil in those days, but chiefly for the hautboy, which was my favorite instrument.

-George Frederick Handel

… and I read it while watching this:

Gonzalo Ruiz is one amazing baroque oboist!

23. June 2009 · Comments Off on Oops, She Did It Again · Categories: Links, Ramble

The thing is, the people who text, they don’t seem to understand that we can see you. If you really need to do that, why don’t you just leave?”

-Patti Lupone

Patti Lupone is on a mission to stop rude audience members. She is known for her outburst at the end of the run of Gypsy:

And now she did it again in Las Vegas. You can read about it here.

I may have blogged about this before (I’m too lazy to check). It seems to me that perhaps we now need people in the audience to call these rude audience members on things like this, so as not to cause the rest of the audience to have to deal with this, ruining the mood of the show and all that jazz. Perhaps having a few people facing the audience, with headsets on, who can then report anything they see to ushers or other hired folks who will pull the offending person out. I just hate seeing and hearing a performer out of character. Call me silly.

Yes, these things are distracting. From the stage, we see them. And sure, we should be able to perform even with distractions. We have to, in fact. But it’s probably time to call folks on this. Don’tcha think?

23. June 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Do not use twitter if you just learned how to play freebird on the oboe.

23. June 2009 · Comments Off on Liang Wang and Eugene Izotov · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Both of these oboists played in the Bay Area for a time. They moved on to some little groups: Chicago Symphony (Izotov) and New York Philharmonic (Wang). 😉

Hope you enjoy. Don’t they make it all look so easy?