Monday, October 26, 2009

What do dreams say about a person?

I don't really think every dream is a window into a person's inner workings but I do often wonder if my dreams have any meaning. This was a relatively short one; or maybe I only remembered the end. Usually I remember most if not all of my dreams, with lots of detail. I enjoy reading them later and sharing them with friends so I usually try to write them down or type them as soon as I awaken.

This is a dream I had a few days ago that I'd like to share.

The KSO were rehearsing for a concert at an aquarium (but not the TN Aquarium). The hall featured a round, glass window in the low, arched ceiling. During a lull in rehearsal a bunch of dolphins showed up (interesting since they would need open air as well as water; perhaps the hall was underground??). First they paused to see what the funny humans were doing. They dipped their noses toward the glass and we in the orchestra made googly-eyed faces and silly noises, as if we were talking to babies. Did I mention that musicians are often easily amused? Suddenly, a LARGE group of dolphins swam past (over) very quickly. It was a steady blur of dolphins for a good few seconds. A couple of us violists broke out into an a cappella version of "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish." It was totally spontaneous and hilariously awesome.

Next I remember Maestro Richman rehearsing the end of a work and fixing a percussion part. I guess I should say the percussion part because it looked like Clark (our co-principal percussionist) was all by himself! Anyway, it turned out that Clark had a different part than what was in the conductor's score--he referred to it as the "Scott Eddlemon edition" (didn't know Scott was an editor, haha!) and apparently it had an alternate ending and changed keys. I took my part back there and showed it to Clark (as if that would help?!). He gave me this look and shooed me away, saying "You have fun with your alto clef..."

So what do you think--any deeper meanings? Hidden messages? :-D

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Intrusive music...

Dear friends,

Having a music player on your website/MySpace page/blog/etc. is totally cool. It gives us a chance to see your musical taste and, if it's a customizable, your favorite color scheme and whatnot.

But it's totally not cool if it automatically starts playing when the page loads. Not cool at all. I love you, but please change your settings. If the settings can't be changed, get a new player. Please.

Yours truly,
Robyn Allegra

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A great music scene right outside my door!

Sorry it's been a while since I last blogged... Life kind of hits you sometimes, you know?

Today I'd like to say how thankful I am that I live in Knoxville, TN. The football thing (read: obsession) is a little overwhelming but I LOVE the music scene. There is so much to do in this town, especially on the weekends. When my students complain to me that there are no music events to go to I just shake my head and think You didn't look hard enough... Or at all! I then point them to a number of places where they can find event listings (, the UT School of Music,, etc.).

There are so many talented bands who call Knoxville home (The Dirty Guv'nahs and Dishwater Blonde, just to name a couple). One of the coolest things is to go to a show for one band and discover another band while I'm there. Like this weekend: I went to Barley's Taproom to see Dishwater Blonde and was blown away by the opening act, The Distribution. I couldn't wait to get home and look them up on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc... Yes, I am that kind of fan. :-D

And speaking of Barley's, that's another great Knoxville trait. Sooooooo many venues. Baker Peters Jazz Club, Bijou Theatre, Preservation Pub, Square Room, Tennessee Theatre, and many more. I started labeling some as "a personal favorite" but it ended up being almost all of them! I do prefer the ones which don't allow smoking inside, but sometimes I just have to decide before I leave home that whatever I'm wearing will go straight to the hamper when I return. You gotta make sacrifices sometimes, right?

Out of all the venues in town the Bijou Theatre, which is downtown, is especially close to my heart because it's where
  1. I saw the Guv'nahs for the first time (and got hooked),
  2. I saw an awesome Hanson concert (what of it?!), and
  3. I sat on the second row for Bryan Adams' acoustic tour and then met him outside after the show!
So what about you guys? Who's your favorite band? Where's your favorite spot to hang out, grab a cup of coffee, socialize, etc.?