I’ve been working on updating things on this site for a few weeks now, and I’m realizing that I was becoming overwhelmed by all the updates that were needed that I have neglected for the past three (at least) years. So I think it’s time for a change. I’m planning on deleting some of the pages I think are rarely visited. I have already taken down the orchestra roster lists I’ve had up for so long — according to the stats they weren’t viewed all that frequently, and I know they were all completely out of date. I haven’t updated my music and CD libraries for so long that I know I could never catch up now. I might leave them up, but you can bet they will be left “as is” and won’t be updated. (Who really needs to know what’s in my music libraries anyway, right?!)

Truth be told, there’s a part of me that has pondered putting oboeinsight to rest. Trouble is, I’m just not sure I’d be able to! Am I addicted to it? Oh probably! But I’ve also “met” (in a cyber fashion and even a few times in person) a lot of wonderful people here. I’d hate to lose that. I also think I learn a lot by doing this blog: I’m introduced to music and instruments I’ve never known. I do more listening than I might otherwise. And I hear a lot of fantastic musicians.

Maybe I’m just going through a bit of a BlogSlump™. I know I am in a slump in other ways. Stuff happens. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wake up and say, “What was I thinking? I can’t let those pages go!” But I’m rather doubtful. Updating all the orchestra rosters would be quite the major task.

I do apologize if I am letting go of some pages you were particularly fond of. Please let me know if I’m removing something you think you can’t live without and I’ll give it some more thought.


  1. I’m also in a blogslump but I blame it all on social media. Good luck on whatever you end up doing.

  2. We just passed the New Moon… just let things lie for a few weeks!

    I can assure you people will continue to visit here regardless of how much or how little you continue to be active with it.

    Ask yourself “What is my personal purpose for blogging?” … I mean, be as self-centered as you possibly can and go with that!

    My best encouragements!

  3. Thanks, Robin!

    I feel a bit bad about nixing all the rosters, and yet I never looked at them! I know a few people landed here because they were searching on their own names or looking for a double reed roster, but I’m going to guess it wasn’t all that many. I guess I’ll remove them for a time and see what happens!

    Why DO I blog? Is it entirely a narcissistic thing? Maybe! Does it benefit anyone else? I honestly don’t know! But I’ll see if I can keep at it. I’m just in a low spot — happens, yes? ‐ and I need to rethink a few things. (Heck, part of me is even thinking, “What DO I want to be when I grow up?!” Geesh!)

  4. Thanks, Robert! I’m sure I’ll pull through this. I suppose the summer slump is a part of all of this, too. Maybe after a trip to NYC I’ll come back full of energy. One can hope!

  5. Patty, you are a sharing person and that’s what makes your blog interesting. Sharing info about the double reed world helps us all and sharing your thoughts on your playing challenges helps us too. I don’t think of it as narcissistic because it helps the rest of us to know we’re not alone in our daily struggles. If I don’t comment on a post, please know that your message still made me think.

    BTW, I just noticed there’s a check box below for sending me an email if someone else adds comments to this post. I like that feature!

  6. Thanks, Janet!

    You all are so encouraging and I really appreciate that!

    … and yes, I added that box once I discovered I could do so. I like it on other blogs, so figured some may like it here; in the past I’ve commented at a blog and if I’ve forgotten to bookmark it I can’t find the blog again! This box helps with that issue. 🙂

  7. Robert’s comment about social media is perhaps important. I realize, as I now belong to 5 Facebook groups and my own blog has gained in visits, my attentions get rather diluted. In fact 2 or 3 of the purport to the same thing!

    For example, yesterday was perfect reed-making weather, I wanted to make reeds and the circumstances were right….. what did I do? Prepare a blog entry all day!

    And I have to wonder, with You-Tube, digital concert halls and such, how do live performances manage to continue? How can anyone manage to earn a living in the arts when there is so much free stuff out there?

  8. Robin, I’ve thought a LOT about the whole “free” issue. So many expect music for free. Anyone who suggests copying recordings isn’t a good thing, or sneaking into concerts (I’ve had colleagues do that!) or expecting free tickets … well, I wonder what they expect of a musician! (But since I do have colleagues doing all three of these things I especially wonder what THEY are thinking!).

    With the internet and the availability of so much free stuff, perhaps musicians will have to contemplate getting “real jobs” and doing music on the side. Sadly this will mean quality might not be as high, but doubly sad is that most people wouldn’t notice.

    Oh well … maybe I’m too negative about all this. I wonder!

  9. Patty, don’t worry yourself into a fit. Be thankful to God that you are earning a living with the oboe and enjoy every minute of it.

    I believe our Capitalist system is simply unsustainable (see movies “the Corporation” and “Capitalism, a love story”) and the arts are only one manifestation of its self-destruction. What we will likely notice is a “re-elitizing” of the arts where only the very wealthy will be able to make a living of it, because they will be the children of funding patrons: no one else will want to contribute. This means that music in North-America will split between high elite and popular-commercialism: neither of which will foster the soulful artistry, they truly inspired creativity of style fusions and innovative ensembles we’ve witnessed in the past 10-odd years.

    My hopes lie in Europe and other parts of the world resisting the Capitalist system: where people care enough about their lifestyles and keep playing age-old instruments and styles, like the Romanian Taragot or the Spanish Shaum (with fully modern key systems: see http://www.oboe.fm).

    While we (U.S.A., Canada, China, India, maybe U.K. and others) continue to accept, even invite deception from our leaders, sheepishly fueling the loss of the creative middle class by our consumerist lifestyles (democracy? yeah, right!), many other parts of the world are awake enough to resist it and preserve, even flourish culture as a full part of their daily lives. Facebook and You-Tube are really a wonderful tools this way: they are capable of reminding us that we are not alone, and even in our world, there is still the light of hope punching holes in the darkeness.

    Every time you give an oboe lesson, Patty, you are one such ray of hope. Nevermind if your student can earn a living with it or not, the point is to foster a desire to play, be heard on stage and appreciate the strength of a live performance. If this means free recitals in the food court at lunch, at least it is proof that artistic life remains strong!

  10. Just quickly, as I’ve not had my latté yet: I’m not worried for myself, as I’m closer to retirement. I worry for the younger people a bit, because I don’t know that all our universities and conservatories are being honest about how likely students are o succeed in making a living off of their art. But maybe they are and I’m clueless!

    Regarding teaching, I not only think about what you wrote, but I also think tose that don’t go into music (which is the majority) will become those that sit in our audiences! I think of oboe teaching as “audience development” in some ways. 🙂