07. December 2009 · Comments Off on Ah, Frustration · Categories: UCSC

I went to put in grades for UCSC just now. The grading is so much easier and quicker than the written evaluations I have to do, and grades are due sooner, so I thought I’d get them completed before I move on to Nutcrackers.


Not as easy as I thought it would be. One of my hour students isn’t on the roster. Ack! (So, RKH, if you read my blog, please do pursue this … if both of us pester people it might get figured out sooner!)

At the beginning of the quarter I couldn’t check my rosters online for some unknown (and new, as this had never happened in the past 6 years) reason. But I did see that all my students had registered for lessons by looking at their class lists that they showed me before I was allowed to teach them. Unfortunately that doesn’t show the instructor, but only that they are enrolled in lessons. So now I haven’t a clue how to resolve this. I’ll assume, though, that the music office folks will somehow figure this out. They are smart that way.

I don’t know if the inability to access a fall roster was due to my being adjunct faculty or not. I’m trying not to take it personally.

But I’m not a happy camper right now.

07. December 2009 · Comments Off on William Tell & Danny Kaye … Too Fun! · Categories: Fun, Videos

07. December 2009 · Comments Off on Freeway Phil … & now Jetway Phil · Categories: Links

At darkest dawn, trombonist Steve Trapani rises to catch a flight to Sacramento from Long Beach for a rehearsal that will set in motion a mind-boggling nine-day commute of 2,165 miles.

Trapani’s flying earns him entry into a small subset of musicians known as “jetway philharmonic.” They spend more time in the air than they do on the concert stage.

Why does he do it?

“People like to say that musicians face these hardships because ‘We’re doing what we love,’ but that seems kind of hollow,” said Trapani. “All I know is that I’m compelled to do it. Plus, nothing re-creates the feeling you get when you’re in the middle of an orchestra during a beautiful moment in music.”

Lots of local readers will recognize that name (I worked with his wife, flutist Rena Urso-Trapani, in Merola this last summer.), I’m sure.


07. December 2009 · Comments Off on Ninth Day of Advent · Categories: Advent

07. December 2009 · Comments Off on Looking For A Christmas Gift? · Categories: Links

… to give or get, really. Well, check out Dan’s photos. He’s really very good … I pretended I’m not his wife, and that I didn’t even know him, and I still thought he was very good, so trust me on this one. Really.

I’m thankful to be married to a good guy and a good photographer … all wrapped up in one. Cool, huh?

(If you read both my blogs you’ll see this is double posted. I just had to. So there you go.)

07. December 2009 · Comments Off on Read (& Seen) Online · Categories: Havin' Fun, Photos

Roxy Music, 1972. Paul Thompson, drummer, in the caveman shirt; Bryan Ferry in black; Brian Eno in the gold pants, Phil Manzanera and (?) Graham Simpson; and Andy Mackay in the shiny green leprechaun vampire jacket and oboe.

I don’t know about you, but the last time I tried to fit into my oboe I just couldn’t manage. 😉

Doesn’t look like Mackay was able to fit either. And he was pretty darn skinny.