19. July 2010 · 4 comments · Categories: BlogWork

So I’m trying another template. I’m not in love with it, but the other one was bugging me … too many things divided into too many sections. Sadly, I can’t figure out how to get sitemeter up and running with this one, but maybe that’ll get me to stop checking to see how many visitors I have. Could be a good thing!

I’ll continue to check other templates out. Somewhere out there is one that is just perfect. I’m sure of it.

In case you are wondering, I did delete the entry about templates … it was just so messy looking and it was bugging me big time.

I’m silly that way.

19. July 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Doing the wash, practicing conducting, practicing the oboe, doing the wash, practicing conducting, practicing the oboe…getting the picture of my life ? lol:)

When someone comments for the first time here I have to approve the comment. Sometimes I first send an email to the commenter, because I suspect the comment is actually spam. Sometimes I can see it’s clearly legit. Other times I just don’t know, but when I don’t know it’s most frequently spam. This one below was received a few days ago. I never heard back from the commenter, so I am guessing it was spam. But it did make me laugh. Dan suggests that the “obsessive” part is correct for sure … not certain about the “perfectionists” thing.

This is a serious question, more concerned – is it typical of of oboe players to be obsessive perfectionists? This is not a joke,. Thanks.

19. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Fix bassoon, teach lesson, fix oboe, lesson, eat lunch, fix bassoon, get mad at boss, go for a run, stretch, ice feet, eat, sleep. Repeat.

I recently read a comment on Facebook that made it very clear the person couldn’t stand the conductor she was working with. It’s not surprising that a musician doesn’t like a conductor. That’s pretty common! It’s not unusual for someone to talk about it either. That’s not exactly wise, but if someone tattles on the person it’s all hearsay and one can always deny things. But writing about it?! Talk about a bad idea! Yes, we have only friends reading and commenting on our walls, but one has to take the word friend with a grain of salt. I haven’t met every single one of my friends. I’m guessing most people on Facebook haven’t. Some have so many friends I’m sure it’s quite the ego booster, but I do wonder about the reality of it all. But these friends … well … what if you have a bad break up with one of them? So this is your friendly reminder (are you now sick of the word friends?) … don’t post things on Facebook that could come back to haunt you!

It’s not just bashing conductors or colleagues, either. One might want to watch one’s words! Now when it comes to this I know I’m older and even more uptight than so many of my friends (AND bosses!) … I know I’m not “hip” … I know I have more issues with “language” than many many others. So perhaps the quote I’m posting won’t matter to many of you. But thanks to a Facebook friend (yes, really!) I read the following, and I do think it’s a worthwhile thing to ponder:

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what you say on social media goes all over the world instantly and stays there. I have often been in a situation where I had to pick one candidate out of two or three, and no matter how innocently meant it was, when I see the use of profanity, the thumb goes down on that choice instantly. When I hire somebody, I’m somewhat responsible for their overall demeanor and performance, and if they don’t have the good sense to not use profanity in a public forum, I can’t risk hiring them.

I read it here. You might want to read the whole thing.

19. July 2010 · Comments Off on Merola! · Categories: Merola, Opera

There’s a very nice review from Joshua Kosman about Saturday night’s concert. There’s a (very small) part of me that wishes I could be out in the audience to hear these fine singers. But of course I love the playing, and I don’t want to give that up!

This coming Sunday we have a free outdoor concert at Yerba Buena Gardens of the same program. You might want to check it out!

I found two pages of Flickr photos from Merola that go back for quite some years. Have a look!