11. May 2010 · Comments Off on Too Tired To Think! · Categories: Ramble

Today was one busy day. I taught students at UCSC. I practiced. I taught students at home. I had a symphony rehearsal.

Hmmm. I’m re-reading the above and suddenly it doesn’t sound like much.

But it felt like a lot. I was up a bit before 7 AM, and I am getting to bed after 11 PM. I’ve had very little down time. By the final hour of symphony tonight I was fried. So tired, in fact, I was having one of those, “I’m so tired I feel like crying,” kind of things. But of course I only felt like it … I didn’t do it! And then we got to the solo I actually enjoy playing in the Tchaikovsky Suite (I honestly can’t make sense of the solo in the first movement … I wonder if anyone hearing it can …?). So what do I do? I am supposed to be start it on an oboe middle B (meaning the one in the staff — above a piano middle C — and I use my side octave key! Yes. You read that right. But while the finger was misbehaving, my ear and embouchure were still thinking middle B. So the note was … well … it was just odd.

As I was walking to my car a colleague complimented me a good amount, but also said (as he knows me quite well), “And I’ll bet all you are thinking about is the one note you botched,” or some such thing. I didn’t take the time to explain how I really was feeling to him. (Again, too tired!) I just thanked him for his very kind words about my playing. But as I left, I was thinking, “Nope! For once I’m not beating myself up.”

Amazing, eh? But I honestly think I was simply too tired to even do that.

Tomorrow morning’s plan: sleep as long as I darn well please. And feel guilty about it because I know my dear pal dk can’t do it (sorry, friend!).

Now to bed with me … before it’s tomorrow!

11. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

should i take up the oboe? or bagpipes?

11. May 2010 · Comments Off on Recital Encore · Categories: Recital Encore

(Please fill me in if you have a recital video you’d like me to share here! They don’t don’t have to perfect. They just have to be of interest to yours truly! I like to hear players of all ages. Really!)

Lindsay Fernandez, Oboe
Masters Recital, Boston University
Mozart Oboe Quartet, First movement

(Not sure why, but the second movement isn’t up.)

Final movement

11. May 2010 · Comments Off on Heh … Just watch it … · Categories: Videos

Thanks, Emily.

My favorite line: “Oh barf. That does not sound like fun.”