…surf over to our sister ship, Chamber Musician Today, and check out today’s menu. We have the latest installment in violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi’s remarkable continuing memoirs of growing up as an almost child prodigy driven by the dreams of a needy and demanding mother. Her story is as riveting as it is painful. Alison Lowell, aka oboetoast, has a piece about what you can learn from negative critiques (as in when a teacher you respect says “Oh, no, I don’t think you’re conservatory material.”) On a lighter note, Elaine Fine tells you where you can find the free sheet music for Oh Vere Iss Mine Leedle Tog Gone and Other Funny Sings for Ukelele and Andy Hollanbeck (with a little help from me in the comments) ponders Christmas music that isn’t quite as crappy as the usual fare. We’re hoping you’ll add some suggestions to the comments.
If you register at CMT, you can blog there directly when you feel like it or add your existing blog, post musical events to the calendar, create a profile to promote yourself or your group, and generally make yourself taller and more attractive. I launched the site as a lark a couple of months ago and it’s already built a decent-sized, loyal following. I have no idea what to do with it next–maybe find a sponsor? I’d like to give it to the Chamber Music America folks (with some strings attached) but haven’t been able to get anyone there to talk to me. Anybody got an idea?