Category: This & That

Aaaaand we’re back

Well sort of. Nearly. Lots in the works for this space in the upcoming months. The Quiz and Spine Tinglers are back as well as some new features and the usual commentary/recycling of other people’s news. Things will be gearing…

Rautavaara: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 45

Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928) [pronounced: Eye-know-joo-ha-nee Row (rhymes with now)-tah-VAH-rah] Piano Concerto No.1 Op. 45 (1969) Con grandezza Andante Molto Vivace Like most composers who have been afforded the luxury of sixty plus years in which to refine their craft,…

Summer Book Meme

Here is a quick variation on the iTunes meme from yesterday intended specifically for those who have written books. All you need to do is: Copy the entire text of your book to the clipboard. Go to Wordle.net, open a…

Summer iTunes Meme

Every day you chase the carrot and are about 99% certain you’ll never get to cut it into sticks and serve it along side a tuna melt and some 5-Alive. Today, fate has intervened and granted Miss Mussel a small…

Book Meme Vol. 2

Posting has slowed to a crawl here at OM headquarters although that is not in anyway indicative of a diminishing in the Things That Need Doing department. Miss Mussel will be away from the internet [GASP] most of next week…

Indeed

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Spammers Start Class War

Tony Blair may have wanted everyone to believe that class divisions are no longer relevant but this morning’s batch of spam has proved him to be foolishly blind to reality. “I very much enjoyed visiting your middle-class guestbook. I will…

Cortical Songs Album Release 21st July 2008

Patty at OboeInsight has the tip of the iceberg on this newflash. Here’s some of the remaining 9/10ths. The Guardian reports that, “[Thom] Yorke is one of 11 musicians – among them Simon Tong from Gorillaz, John Maclean of the…

Wry

Alex Ross writes about Tan Dun with a little more finesse that this bivalve can muster on the subject. “Tan quickly gravitated to New York’s downtown scene, particularly to the world of John Cage. By combining Cage’s chance processes and…

A Glimmer Of Hope

Just when Miss Mussel was about to enter the depths of despair regarding her career choice on a more permanent basis, Musical America brings news that Anne Midgette has been hired as chief classical music critic at the Washington Post….

Home And Native Land

It’s Canada Day today, folks. Miss Mussel’s seal skin trousers are at the cleaners, so she’ll be attending the fireworks in the usual cotton fibres. Here’s a gallery of things that make Miss Mussel proud to be from north of…

6 Components Of A Winning Complaint Letter

Writing a letter of complaint is an art form and, as any dedicated complainer knows, there are several important elements that must be included to guarantee a result. What is it complainers want? Public Recognition Of Their Grievance. Why? Because…

A Few Words On The Ondes Martenot

Created in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, the ondes Martenot was the first practical electric instrument. On principle it works the same as the theremin but in practice, they are quite different, mostly because the ondes Martenot requires physical contact in…

Alexander Neef New COC Director

The Canadian Opera Company have been looking for a new general director since the much-loved Richard Bradshaw died unexpectedly in August 2007. This morning, the COC announced that German-born Alexander Neef, currently the casting director at the Opera Nationale de…

Quiz #21: Lost In The Post

1) The envelope containing the results for this week’s quiz was delayed by a rather spectacular but still plausible series of events involving a tiger, a pair of galoshes and three pieces of old Canadian cheddar. 2) Miss Mussel stayed…