08. January 2011 · Comments Off on “Pussycats pussycats, what will you sing?” · Categories: Havin' Fun, Videos

“We’ll sing about rainbows, they’re such a great thing!”
“Pussycats pussycats, why do you care?”
“The song is improved with the meows we share!”

I should really save this since I know very few read this blog on weekends, but I simply can’t wait! (Thanks to Pam L. Pecha for putting this up on Facebook.)

The real poem, for those of you who didn’t grow up with this:

“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I’ve been up to London to visit the Queen.”
“Pussycat pussycat, what did you dare?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”

08. January 2011 · Comments Off on Mel Ulrich Sings Again · Categories: Opera

I just read that Mel Ulrich will be performing in Graham, Texas, where he now resides with his family. I’m happy to hear it; he has a wonderful voice. I had read, some years back, that he had retired. Maybe he’ll pop up now and then and sing after all! (Not mentioned in the article is that Mel was an artist in residence with Opera San José from 1993-1996.)

08. January 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

[name here] thinks it is the biggest disappointment to get my high D on oboe down to pitch only to have to lip it up to be in tune with the clarinets.

08. January 2011 · Comments Off on Say What?! · Categories: Read Online

I just read this online and I admit I laughed … on the inside anyway.

I think Belle & Sebastian are the one band I can think of that I’d describe as decent twee. But they’re not super twee. Any other tolerable twee I’ve heard probably comes out of Sweden, Ursula is right.

And it’s not that I don’t think of uke as a real instrument, I just overwhelmingly associate it with twee. And I admit that that’s not entirely fair of me. But it’s hard to avoid with all the bad ukelele twee out there! I think the thing is, uke is fairly easy to play/learn. Sure, there are masters of it who can play crazyass technical stuff. But pretty much anyone can learn a few chords and I’m sure we’re all aware of how many songs one can play knowing only 3-5 chords. And this seems like what a lot of twee bands do.

Joanna is like the opposite of twee. I think someone who listened to a split second of MEM and heard her high-pitched voice, but didn’t listen to lyrics, instrumentation, or chord progressions, might ignorantly refer to her as twee.

But what I really want to know is … is oboe twee? (And hey, the dictionary uses Belle and Sebastian in their sentence example. Who knew? I kind of liked them, but now that I know this ….)

08. January 2011 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning Cartoon! · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

High Note

08. January 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I get the weirdest of dreams at times… I was going to war with a fire-breathing oboe earlier.