23. March 2012 · Comments Off on ArtSPARK! · Categories: Symphony

We finished up with the Kiddie Concerts today, part of the ArtSPARK program. What a joy it is to see and hear these kids. It’s well worth the early morning start time. Really. You can see some photos if you go to the Mercury News page here.

Our program was entitled “It’s About Time” and we played music in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8 and 7/4. The final work, Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” has us and the kids doing a part of stomping and clapping or snapping that goes like this: stomp-clap-stomp-clap-stomp-clap-clap. (Or, when snapping, we do that in place of the clapping.) I went outside between the two shows one day and the kids who had just attended the first show were filing by to go off to the San Jose Taiko performance at the CPA. Two girls were doing the pattern “stomp-clap-stomp-clap-stomp-clap-clap” over and over as they walked. It was so much fun to see that!

Our conductor, Peter Jaffe, knows how to handle these concerts in just the right way … enough humor (for both the kids and us), enough enthusiasm, and loads of fun. I’m already looking forward to next year!

And in case you were wondering — YES I walked. I walked to the performances Tuesday through Friday, and walked home Tuesday through Thursday. I couldn’t walk home today since I needed to lug everything back home. Thankfully a friend drove me back home so I could still walk to work. I wish I could walk to work all the time. It really was fantastic to be able to do that!

I wasn’t sure I could post photos of the kids here where you can clearly see their faces. Several people have implied that might be an issue. So for now those will stay unseen. (If I hear otherwise I’ll put a few up.) This is why you are seeing a few of my “photo experiments” from the past few days.

23. March 2012 · Comments Off on Some Might Reject Classical Music · Categories: Read Online

But maybe the mice know better …? 😉

Mice getting mismatched heart transplants and that were exposed to classical music had much slower rejection rates than did mice exposed to other music and sounds. Sophie Bushwick reports.


23. March 2012 · Comments Off on They Are Getting Smarter · Categories: Spam'nScam™

… now the spam ‘n scam folks are specifying the instrument. Sigh. Here’s the latest email I received (and read during the break at the final two Kiddie Concerts today … shared it, in fact, with my oboe playing colleague right away):


I’m Mrs Debbie Mann from Paris,France.during my search for a Oboe lesson teacher that would always take my son ( Chris ) and I found you..Your advert looks great and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area i am seeking for him… My Son would be coming to US (your city) by next week for a period of time and with his friend for 2 Months.he is just a beginner and he is 16 years old, i want you to help me teach lesson during his stay. So, kindly let me know your charges cost per week’s ,in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to your side. I have also made preparation for his personal equipment he will be using privately at home after the lesson during his stay.

Please Advise back on;

(1). your charges per 1 hour twice a week for 2 Months?

(2).The Day and time you will be available to teach him During the week?

(3).Tuition address?

I will be looking forward to read from you soonest.

Best Regards,

Mrs Debbie Mann

You have been warned!

23. March 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I can’t tell what’s different between flute, clarinet, and oboe!

23. March 2012 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

There is nothing more painful than having to listen to [name here] practice her oboe for 45 min.

(I always find these ones a little sad … I pray this wasn’t a parent, as I would hope that parents would be the encouragers.)