The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Musical instruments

Music is of course an important part of most folks lives.  I like all sorts of music, some more than others.  I really like classical music and jazz a great deal.  I also like soft and harder rock music, but tend to mostly enjoy that form of music from the 1960s and early 1970s.  Although, I do also enjoy rock music referred to as "grunge" from the early 1990s.  Country music can be good, but for me there is only a limited range that I enjoy.  I like country music that is NOT "twangy" or "catterwally".  With this idea in mind, if I listen to country, it tends to be more in the vein of Willie Nelson or others with similar vocal styles.   There is only a small subset of country music that is of this nature.   I have pretty limited experience with rap, although there were occasional artists I enjoyed ( one that comes to mind is Ice-T ).  I also tend to enjoy many types of World Miusic.  But, when I can find it, my very favorite music is Wind Symphonic music.  Wind Symphonic music is interesting in that it can span across numerous genres of style of music, but it is always featuring wind based musical instruments ( clarinet, trumpet, trombone, etc.).   I think in part that is why one of my favorite rock group has always been Chicago.  They usually feature very strong and vibrant wind instrumentation.  

I have not played any of my wind instruments in a several months, and I am realizing how I miss them.  The clarinet, bass clarinet, alto clarinet, and tenor saxophone are the wind instruments I have a modicum of skill in.  I am going to dig out my clarinet and bass clarinet and pick them up again this weekend.  And, I have two "project" horns ( an alto clarinet and a tenor saxophone) that I bought about two years ago that need a complete tear down and rebuild.   I used to buy a lot of trashed, but decent quality instruments and rebuild them as a hobby during graduate school.   I think now is the time for me to tear those two horns down and make myself a nice alto clarinet and a tenor saxophone.  It would be a fun hobby to restart during this winter.  And, i would end up with two nice horns I currently do not have.



Blogger S. J. Qualls said...

Sounds like a worthwhile project for the winter. Enjoy your time!

Saturday, 03 December, 2016  
Blogger E. Rosewater said...

stan getz/dave brubeck - misty

Saturday, 03 December, 2016  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

My word, you must have powerful lungs to be blowing all those horns and trumpets! I prefer to toot out a tune on my recorder.

Sunday, 04 December, 2016  
Blogger JACKIESUE said...

I always wanted to play an instrument..the play the sax.
I like a little bit of most music..but I like all of the 40's 50's 60's and early 70's..

Sunday, 04 December, 2016  
Blogger BBC said...

Most folks are more into music than I am.

Monday, 05 December, 2016  

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