What kind of classical music should i play for my son when he goes to sleep?
He’s 8 months old, was sleeping through the night until his tooth started to bother him. He now wakes up at least once in the middle of the night and i am having a hard time putting him to sleep. Any advice as for which classical music i should play….thanks all.
Hmm. Anyone know what sort of music to play when someone is teething? ;-)
My long-awaited second book, Boozehound, is now in stores. No, wait, mine is Listen to This. Today is the official release date, and I will celebrate, as is my long-standing custom, by placing a signed copy of the book in a little handmade boat in the shape of a swan and setting it loose in the waters of the Hudson River. Actually, I have never done any such thing, and am unlikely to do so now, but I like the image.
Hmmm. Maybe his next book will be Boozehound?
I read Alex Ross’s first book and enjoyed it tremendously. Guess we’ll have to put this one on the list to pick up when money starts rolling in again!
Here are links, in case you want to go ahead and get the book(s) now:
Listen to This
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Anna Karenina was reviewed in The Independent. Unfortunately the only way to read it is to visit the archives for 9/16/10 and get the pdf there. Fortunately it was a very nice review,
A blogger also gives his thoughts on the opera. I especially enjoy blogger reviews. Professional reviewers, after all, get in for free. (Funny how I have to let readers know if I’m reviewing something I received for free. Newspaper reviewers never have to tell us that. I don’t quite understand why the FTC makes us announce our freebies since professional newspaper reviewers never have to announce it. Call me stupid.)
Today has been, so far anyway, a total loss. I’ve been hit with the “wearies” and can’t manage to get moving. I did manage to vacuum the family room, but that was it. Soon I teach three students and then it’s off to Symphony Silicon Valley with me for our first rehearsal of the season. Yep! More work! My last day of no work at all was September 10. No wonder I’m a bit tired! I just checked my calendar. I don’t have a full day off until October 10. That’s one full month of some sort of work every single day … wow … I didn’t realize this until just now.
I think I’m in need of a nap!
What are the keys on the oboe are?
What are the keys on the oboe are?
Is the bottom a or the 4th b please tell me
I’m still trying to figure out what this is asking. I assume part of the issue might be a language problem; I’m not mocking someone whose first language isn’t English. I just really wonder what he/she is asking. I’m guessing someone here will figure it out …?
No, you aren’t reading a typo above. Really.
I just received an email form someone who has a new iPhone app out. I’ve yet to even look at it, but I couldn’t resist this blog entry since I wanted to get that blog entry title in. Because I’m just that darn witty. Or goofy. Or something.
Dr. Joel Clifft, a professor in the music department at USC and APU, has created Music Theory Pro – an iPhone app for musicians or anyone who wants to learn music. His students joke, “It’s like having Dr. Clifft in my pocket!”.
So I guess I’ll have to check out Music Theory Pro even while I was never all that great at music theory and yet I’m a professional musician. Go figure. (Of course I’m also an oboist who was never that great at reed making. Go figure²)
Guess I’m going to start a new category called Apps, and as I find them (as you share some with me!) I’ll post ‘em.
This is not an endorsement of this app (since I don’t have it), but merely an announcement of the app.
ON Monday night, “Das Rheingold,” the first part of a mammoth new production of Richard Wagner’s opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” will thunder down on the Metropolitan Opera. A 45-ton set will test the theater’s foundations; a reported $16 million budget will test the company’s finances. In the midst of economic troubles, is it seemly to spend such a vast amount on a spectacle that will be seen by a relatively small, elite audience?
This is the start of a very good Op-Ed piece by Alex Ross that appeared in the New York Times.
Me? I wish Dan and I could have gone. The production looks incredible. Sounds mighty dangerous too.
When I get a new student I invite the parent (or parents) to sit in on the first lesson. After that I prefer parents sit in my living room while I teach, or even go to our nearby downtown and enjoy some time off of parenting, but my studio door is never shut. Whatever I say to students should be able to be heard by parents. If I wouldn’t say it in front of a parent I don’t want to say it at all. (Do I always succeed in this? Well … um … no. But I’ve gotten better and better over the years!) If a parent asks to sit in on a lesson at a later date I let them do so. The reasons I prefer they not be in on every lesson is that 1) I tend to feel as if I have to talk to them as much as the student 2) they tend to talk to their child while I’m trying to teach and even if they don’t 3) a child is often distracted or made nervous due to mom or dad’s presence.
I just read about a music teacher who abused some students. Not verbally but, even more horrifying, sexually. Dear parents, watch over your children carefully. Although the man is clearly guilty (having admitted what he did), I’m leaving his name out of this. I’m merely alerting parents: abuse can happen. Watch. Listen. And if a teacher has a “doors closed, no visiting allowed” policy, you might reconsider lessons.
A former [symphony orchestra] cellist who indecently assaulted three boy pupils has been ordered to attend a sex offender treatment programme.
[The instructor ]sexually abused the pupils between 1970 and 1989 while giving private lessons.
He admitted carrying out the abuse during private lessons he gave while living in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and Surbiton, Surrey.
He was given a three-year probation order by [the judge].