10. August 2010 · 13 comments · Categories: FBQD

This is great! Free wifi on a bus!! And no security checks. My bags had to be search 3 times at the airport. Apparently oboe reeds resemble bullets (yes, I’m serious 🙂

(I’ve heard this too; what do you oboists do when you travel? Do you trust your reeds in your checked luggage or deal with the search?)

10. August 2010 · Comments Off on Imani Winds · Categories: Videos, WWQuintet

… talk about a new recording coming out, Terra Incognita

This group is so great!

10. August 2010 · Comments Off on Cute · Categories: Read Online

I’m going to guess a young person wrote this. I suppose it’s not quite as “cute” if it’s written by someone older.

Hardest Woodwind Instrument
It may look like a skinny, small clarinet with a tube in place of a mouthpiece, but the oboe is even harder to play. Unlike its single-reeded counterpart, it has no mouthpiece – just a double reed attached to a staple. You just can’t blow directly on the reeds, you have to draw your lips and insert that bare reed between them. It takes a lot of breath control, especially if you pass little air through your “mouthpiece.” You might consider the bassoon as an alternative but it’s also another pain in the apples instrument to play because it also has an exposed double reed you have to blow through. If I were to be suggested to play the oboe in the band, I’d rather play an alto clarinet.

I read it here.

Sometimes I am so ready to drop the whole music thing. I know everyone goes through this and, at my age, I just wade through those times, knowing I’ll get to the other shore and get back to loving what I do. For the most part, this “I want to dump this!” thing comes from the reed issues. Other times it’s because I embarrass myself and I hate doing that. (Although blogging actually sets me up for even more embarrassment, eh?)

But what if it was completely taken away, not by choice, but by some calamity? I remember when I had a very brief relapse of my vertigo and had to cancel out of a rehearsal. I went to bed. Crying.

So now for the story about a young oboe player. Some years ago I ran across a video of him playing. he was in high school at the time. I was quite impressed, and left him a message. We communicated just a bit; he was accepted into a music school, and I thought, “This guy really is going to go far!” But then I lost track of him, until recently. I suddenly came across [sorry, he’s asked me to remove this!] at YouTube. And he wasn’t playing oboe; he was singing. It turned out he had had some sort of issue that made playing impossible. Here’s the video where he explains that, and then you get to hear him play. Incredible music making, and he was only in high school!

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So as you [no longer can] hear, he was pursuing a Broadway dream. I’m sure he’ll continue to do that … but recently things have changed. A doctor is trying to help him. And he bought an oboe. So I welcome [name removed] back to the oboe world, and just have a look and listen. Here he is, playing oboe for the first time in 3 years!:

[removed at musician’s request]

You can bet I’ll be following his progress!

10. August 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Air guitar…yes..I’ve seen it. But what about some air violin or air oboe? We gotta let some other instruments into the air playing world!

10. August 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Ballet

It appears that Ballet San Jose has announced their season, in case anyone is interested. Stay tuned to find out if they will be using live music or not. I know times are tough, and it might be that they can’t hire an orchestra; I don’t see any mention of live music at their site. Time will tell. Or I will tell. Or something.

I wish them all the best … these are rotten times for the arts.

And these are rotten times for all. Which is why, I suppose, I read something else that says Ballet San Jose will allow subscribers to delay payments.

10. August 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

My grandpa was a professional oboist.
I played cello and piano, and now play vuvuzela