Today’s selection represents practising musicians who blog.
First up the Bass Blog, written by Michael Hovnanian. He never identifies his mid-western orchestra by name but, well, you only have to look at the URL… Bass Blog has an appealing dry wit and plenty of entertaining insider anecdotes. Better still, there’s no bitterness or cynicism.
Thirteen Ways, the blog of Eighth Blackbird, could probably count as an orchestra/ensemble blog. But this Chicago-based contemporary music group is small and the tone closer to a bunch of musicians blogging than anything remotely institutional. Tim Munro never fails to make me laugh (but of course, he’s Australian, and a flutist).
I have a friend who jokes about “organ bores”: organ enthusiasts (invariably organists themselves) who can recite specifications of various instruments for hours on end and who, when they go missing on tour, will invariably be found checking out the local church organ. This might be amusing but it’s dreadfully unfair. If you share this view of organists then This Blog Will Change the World will change your mind.
In her own words, composer and performer Elaine Fine has had a “rich and varied life”. Some people might just say that because it sounds fine. Fine says it and it’s absolutely true. What’s also nice is that she thinks about music deeply and experiences it keenly. As a result, Musical Assumptions makes for interesting and often thought-provoking reading.