Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

David Weiss, a man of many talents

I've been putting this off for a little bit, but I feel it's important to do, so I am doing it.

Requiescat in Pace, David Weiss.

Last month, we lost another oboe great, and another man with whom I am fortunate enough to have studied music.  Since I am late in posting this, many others have already memorialized him.  So I will keep this short.  David was a great oboe teacher and orchestra coach, we know that.  But he was also kind and generous and always told it like it was, no sugar coating.  That's what we appreciated about him.  I had been meaning for weeks to write him an email, and then one day in late May, my friend Jenny texted me to let me know he had passed away.  I will never be able to send him that email.  I had been waiting til that next big performance, that next audition, was done, and now he's just gone.  I wish I had just written already, and let him know that I appreciated him.  At any rate, I will post this version of Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, with David playing musical saw, and his family playing with him.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RIP Ray Still

Incredible oboist and teacher. 


Friday, February 7, 2014


In December, after over 7 years of living in California, I was finally able to visit Yosemite National Park.  It was just for a day, but it was snowy and beautiful, and I loved it.  Here are a few pictures.

Wawona Lodge

Rooms Available at the Wawona!
(except it was closed...)

Yosemite Valley

Frozen Stream

Frozen Bridal Veil Falls

Boulder, Tree, Snow

Half Dome

El Capitan

Fireplace at the Ahwahnee Hotel

Pretty Tree

Half Dome, different view

Snowy Stream


Half Dome at Sunset

 Lakebed in the Mist

Halfdome at Twilight

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Snowman And The Snowdog

I love the original, but the new sequel to The Snowman is actually pretty good.  Though the flying song just doesn't compare.  But check out The Snowman And the Snowdog!  It's very sweet.