Author Archives: J W

Announcing a New Fox Contrabassoon Model: 920!

News flash: You heard it here first – Fox is coming out with a new contrabassoon model and Chip Owen, the head of contras at their South Whitley, Indiana headquarters has said its OK for me to share it with you! The reason I’m the one to do it, is that I have just received [...]

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Introducing the Google Bassoon Quartet!

One of the neat things about working in a big company is the varied interests you’ll find amongst the people who work there. But where else but at Google could I find not one, but THREE¬† excellent bassoon players? After discovering eachother, we’ve been practicing together and working up a repertoire. Just as Summer was [...]

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NPR Cello Project

For more than 10 years, All Things Considered (ATC) used several recordings I produced as musical “bumpers” during the show. The short story is that Richard Aaron, then cello professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music found out that I worked at the local NPR station (WCPN). Richard came up to me one day and [...]

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Did famous conductor Fritz Reiner really fire a musician for using binoculars in rehearsal?

Its well documented that Fritz Reiner, one of the most well known conductors of American classical music led ensembles with a baton that barely moved. In Conservatory, many of us shared an apocryphal story about how he once fired a musician for bringing binoculars in a rehearsal when to help “find” the beat. One afternoon, [...]

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Antelope Canyon = Another World

Took a trip last winter to Antelope canyon, and it was extraordinary. Amazing to think that just 20 years ago, the site was largely unknown except to Native Americans and a few select photographers. I’m not sure if that’s the reason they built a massive power plant only a few miles away from this amazing [...]

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“Grand” is now a verb?!?

Saw this sign on the local BevMo. I didn’t know that grand had become a verb? Obviously it has seeing as they’re “re-granding” their store!!

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Our Housewarming Party!

***Or you can right click (control click) this link to save and watch the movie.***

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Google Street View Oddity

I was recently doing some research on the airfields of the Southern Pacific. Much to my surprise I discovered that on the island of Ofu, it seems that for some reason the vehicle taking the Google Street View photos chose to drive down the active runway of the island’s little airport instead of on the [...]

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Apples and Health Rap (audio clip)

One of the times I was on Kids America, was just after my friend Bruce Spero and I had sent in a box of Apples to the show. (Apples are the primary crop in Harvard, Massachusetts where we grew up). At the same time we had co-written a “rap” which we practiced and performed on [...]

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A glimpse at the workshop

The workshop (also sometimes referred to as the “man cave”) is where I do my electronics work. He’s a shot of the parts wall. You’ll see the bins which have all of the replacement parts and pieces sorted and ready to be put to use. Also above there are some of my measurement devices. You [...]

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