03. August 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Videos

I do wish the camera had been facing the performers. Oh well! Fun stuff:

03. August 2009 · Comments Off on Nope · Categories: Ramble

… that theme wouldn’t work. I’m not sure why. And now it appears I’ve lost my any pictures I had here. Oh my, I think this is going to be a bigger job than I thought! Ack!

03. August 2009 · Comments Off on A Different Theme! · Categories: Ramble

Yep, I think I’ll use this at least for a while. It kind of goes with my painting mode of a few weeks ago (although I didn’t use any blue paint).

I’m not certain I like this, but it’s cleaner than the others and — well — it’s new. I like new.

So now I have a newly painted living room, new family room furniture, new dishes (I’m not sure I wrote about that, but I had enough MyPoints gift cards to get 8 four piece place settings of Fiestaware for under $10!), and a new theme for the blog. How exciting can life get?

Oh! I know, I know! I think I might have another reed I like too. 🙂

03. August 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

… yes, I’m playing around with the theme here. I tried a few others (Anyone here to catch them? They quickly left, so maybe not.) but things were cut off and I don’t want to have to go through every page I have and redo things right now. Maybe later … we’ll see.

So for now I’m totally boring. I’ve merely switched the pattyo and oboeinsight themes.


Oh well. Better than nothing! Maybe.

03. August 2009 · Comments Off on In Case You Weren’t Feeling Bad Enough Already · Categories: Videos

… about your playing … check this guy out!

Maybe I’ll go find myself another job. 😉

03. August 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Videos

I hope you enjoyed the earlier McFerrin video. But wait! There’s more! Bobby McFerrin did both of these when he came to San Jose. Enjoy.

Here you see more audience involvement. I’m not sure anyone else can manage this sort of participation. Everyone knows Wizard of Oz so well, watch what naturally happens when you get to certain parts.

And now for principal cello participation:

03. August 2009 · 5 comments · Categories: Videos

Mozart has recently been called fluffy and soulless by some younger oboists. (Hi Ren! Hi Nat!) I have never seen him as such. He does have lighter music (he wrote music for entertainment, to be sure), but I just hear so much more than fluff and I’ve never thought him to be soulless. But I’ll let you all decide. 😉

Here’s some Mozart for you to enjoy:

Requiem Mass in D Minor I – Introitus and Kyrie:

Third Movement of the Gran Partita:

“Ach ich fühl’s” from Die Zauberflöte:

First Movement of Piano Concert No. 20:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

03. August 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: TQOD

Mozart is so *soulless*. I mean, maybe his operas have something better to offer, but the instrumental stuff?


I don’t like Mozart. He is all systems and no feelings, I think! Too easy to analyze.

Yes, renegadeoboe, you have made a TQOD. Of course I disagree with you most adamantly. Sigh.

03. August 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: BQOD

Then I spied a CD called Classical Cardio. What? Working out to classical music (unless it’s “The William Tell Overture”) would be like doing yoga to AC/DC. It just wouldn’t be right for me.

03. August 2009 · 5 comments · Categories: Videos

Bobby McFerrin came to work with San Jose Symphony (RIP) several times. He is a total joy, and I wish we’d see him at Symphony Silicon Valley sometime. Sounds and Fury brought my attention to the following video:

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

He did this kind of thing with our audience as well. And it worked, just as it does with this audience.

Ya gotta love it! (If you don’t I won’t be your friend. So there!)