What can I say but, “Wow!” ELEVEN?!
Anastasia Alesyuk, aged 11

(I found this via Nicholas Daniel … an oboist I’ve never met, but certainly do admire!)

Dr. Victoria Elmer is a surgeon at Regions Hospital. She uses classical music while performing surgeries – partly to keep her patient calm and soothed, but also to help her staff stay focused.

Dr. Elmer tells me that having classical music playing in the OR is like having an old friend – a security blanket – available during difficult and potentially stressful times.

“We never know when a surgery will turn from routine to chaos.”


Let’s see … what music should a surgeon choose? I’m guessing Rite of Spring isn’t the first choice. Hmmm. “March to the Scaffold” from Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique? Maybe we should start a list of music to avoid, eh?

28. October 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

i am officially a oboe/saxaphone/clarinet/and mellophone player yaaaaaaayyyyyz

… nothing will.

I guess today is the day for a couple of very moving stories.

Some quotes:
When we can play it can’t be so terrible. The music! The music!

Every day is beautiful.

Hatred brings only hatred.

This, from a 106 year old Holocaust survivor.

My reaction on life … all the complaints “this is terrible” … it’s not so terrible.
(And I should stop my whining. Really.)

Dancing Under The Gallows:

Another survivor’s words: You can actually have music in your head without anybody knowing it is happening.

28. October 2010 · Comments Off on As The Man In The Video Says … · Categories: Videos

“The Power of Music”

Taming a Nazi Sniper With a Trumpet

True? Not true? I dunno for sure. But it’s a powerful story and I’m certainly hoping it’s true!

28. October 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Oh the oboe. Always makin me cry in movie soundtracks