We will be leaving tomorrow for our Kauai wedding and honeymoon, so I will be dropping off the online radar until early September. During that time, Phillip Serna will be regularly updating the bass blog, so there will still be blogging activity here.
I will be setting up the comments so that I don’t have to moderate them (since I’ll be sipping tropical drinks instead of typing furiously in coffee shops), which means that I will be putting a Captcha on the comments. For those who aren’t familiar with them, Captchas are the little scrambled letters that you have to type on some websites to prove that you are a human and not an automated program. I hate these things and prefer to just moderate comments as they come in.
If I just leave the comments open without a Captcha, then hundreds of “Nice site! I also have site! Buy your prescriptions online at low, low prices!” garbage clogs the works, so I’ll just turn on the Captcha and apologize now for the annoyance.
As I mentioned yesterday, there will be two new Contrabass Conversations episodes appearing while I’m gone, but you will have to be subscribed to the podcast to receive them. The first episode wraps up our interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University bass instructor Greg Sarchet, and we were joined by two of his students (Ausberto and Hans) at a Bulgarian restaurant for this interview. Both Hans and Oz contribute some questions, which both Greg and I answer. Check out the first part on CBC 19.
The second episode wraps up our interview with double bass composer Bjorn Berkhout. Bjorn’s music has been performed by the Chicago Symphony Bass Quartet (among other groups). We chatted about composing and life as a university professor, and Bjorn offered practical advice for music majors. Check out the first part on CBC 10.