31. July 2012 · Comments Off on Scam Reminder · Categories: Spam'nScam™

Yep … got another of the same old same old. Remember these are scams, friends! If the message is as vague as this one, using things like “your location” and “instrument you have to offer” you can pretty much guarantee it’s out to get you.

How are you today?I got your contact email while searching for Music and dance teacher on the internet. I have a daughter(Vicky) who is interested studying instrument you have to offer. Vicky doesn’t have any previous in the instrument but she is ready to learn. She’s 16 year old girl with a very sharp brain. she’s will be coming down there to your location for the lessons. I want Vicky to come over to your present location to attend the lessons before she will finally come to stay with me. If you will agreed to accept Vicky as your student,please get back to me with the following information..

Total fees for one months lessons(Two hours lessons in a week)?

Your teaching location and phone number?

The instrument you teach?

I want the lessons to start by 20th of August.


Looking forward to hearing from you.

31. July 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Here’s an old classic. The soloist is as bad as an oboe player! 😉
La máquina de escribir. L. Anderson. (Lio en los Grandes Almacenes)

Here’s the video in case you’re curious:

31. July 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

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it’d be better if you played the oboe…. or jazz flute… but clarinet is pretty damn impressive.

30. July 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Last performance of Marriage of Figaro and Suor Angelica tonight, then going to Rome for two days, then, flying solo to Split, Croatia for a non-oboe 4-day vacation!!

(if that’s a double bill it’s one strange — and long! — double bill. Hmmm.)

30. July 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The oboe is a underrated and beautiful instrument.

30. July 2012 · Comments Off on When does 3 = 7 and 6 = 12 1/4? · Categories: Ramble

Anyone know the answer? C’mon … you can figure it out, right?

Okay, here it is: when I’m doing a show in San Francisco.

I have a three hour show. For 8:00 shows I leave home at 5:00 and get home at midnight. So that’s 7 hours. When we have a matinee and evening show I leave home at 11:45 and get home at midnight. The “short” day is Sunday: I leave at 11:45 and I get home (drum roll please) at 6:00. How sweet is that?!

So I have some long days. I’m also not getting much of anything else done so far. I’m really hoping that I get my act together and manage to do other things during this run. Things like cleaning. Things like other chores. Maybe even things like, say, making a decent meal. I’ve now done three weeks of the seven week run, so perhaps I can relax a bit and not fret so much over the job.

Fat. Chance.

But I can dream … right?

I haven’t done any shows in San Francisco since 2005. In the past I’ve turned into a real basket case when doing them. This time I’m trying very hard to remain sane. (C’mon … stop your laughing!) I will never fully relax, and I will probably forever worry about what everyone else thinks of me and my playing, but that’s just me in a NUTshell so oh well. But I’m doing a better job of dealing with the negative voices. I’m doing a better job of taking the advice I give my students about being confident or at least telling myself I’m confident. I’m also walking between the matinee and evening shows and I think that’s good for my well being.

The traveling musicians are a great bunch. That makes the job so much more pleasant. The local musicians are great to be with too. I’m truly blessed to be doing this job. I’m guessing it’ll be the last one for a long time, if not forever. I need to be sure and enjoy these weeks, even while I complain about my reeds.

But hey, speaking of reeds … if there’s anyone out there who is just dying to send a girl some reeds … well … you just go right ahead. I’ll take whatever I can get! 🙂

29. July 2012 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Edward Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh
Voces8, Great Britain

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
and stand with fear and trembling,
and lift itself above all earthly thought.

For the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ our God,
cometh forth to be our oblation,
and to be given for Food to the faithful.

Before Him come the choirs of angels
with every principality and power;
the Cherubim with many eyes, and wingèd Seraphim,
who veil their faces as they shout exultingly the hymn:

29. July 2012 · Comments Off on Sunday @ Noon · Categories: Sunday @ Noon Music

Claude Goudimel (1564) Psalm 2 – Genevan Psalter 1539
Ernst Stolz: instruments

click here for words

29. July 2012 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Orlando Gibbons: O clap your hands
Voces8, Great Britain

Psalm 47 (Coverdale Translation)
O clap your hands together, all ye people; O sing unto God with the voice of melody. For the Lord is high, and to be feared; he is the great King upon all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose out an heritage for us, even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved. God is gone up with a merry noise, and the Lord with the sound of the trump. O sing praises, sing praises unto our
God; O sing praises, sing praises unto our King. For God is the King of all the earth; sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen; God sitteth upon his holy
seat. The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham; for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

28. July 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

An amazing life version of Janis Joplin singing “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess complete with a ducky oboe solo in the beginning. Perfect for a lazy (well, not so much), hot summer afternoon.

Wait until you hear the oboe … sort of amazing in a “HUH?” kind of way …