Well, that was a year.
That is now over.
I don’t have much time to write – I’m entertaining today, and I’m going to the Minnesota Orchestra New Year’s show tonight – but I had a few tidbits I wanted to share before the celebration starts.
The first is a link to the completed 2015 SOTL Advent calendar. If you want to browse through wintry Youtube videos and simultaneously review the blog’s 2015, feel free to do that here. There are some really lovely pieces in there, I promise.
And as I promised on Facebook last month, here’s a review of the Crab and Egret Osmo paper doll…in video form, no less! It was great fun to make, and it also ran hilariously long. Who knew that cutting out paper dolls was such a time-consuming activity? In any case, my cats are adorable to watch.
For those of you who actually have lives and don’t have time to watch, here is a picture of the “concert” outfit and some accessories from the “Cuba” outfit. You can buy the doll yourself on Crab and Egret’s website.
And last but not least, here is a reverse countdown to the most popular entries of 2015…
5) What Ever Happened to Michael Henson?, Oct 30th. He joined LinkedIn, of course. He is now available to “TRANSFORM PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH VISIONARY LEADERSHIP!” So,y’know. Call him, maybe.
4) The Lark Ascending, April 6th. About my late mom and music and…yeah. I’m glad I wrote it and got it out, but right now I don’t even like thinking about this one. The grief goes on.
3) Great Female Violinists: A List, August 23rd (2011). Haha what? My third most popular entry this year was one I started four years ago about women’s history? Awesome. This is a compendium of pictures and biographies of great women violinists of the past. You should click.
2) Hartford Symphony Hornbook, August 25th. Here I spent hours trying to untangle the knot that is the Hartford Symphony mess. I also hung out in the comment section with a guy who vehemently disagreed with me, but sadly had no time to engage in conversation. (The most fruitful kind of disagreement, amirite?) I think about “Jimmy”/”jimmy” frequently, especially as I read about what’s going on with the Hartford board. In case you’ve missed it, they’ve been in the news a lot lately… Management has threatened to shut down operations unless the union accepts their demands. Think of them, send them good thoughts, and keep up with the story at the musicians’ Facebook page and on Google News.
And the #1 most popular entry of the year (which was also, maybe not coincidentally, the most fun to write)…
In Which I Learn Why There Are No Great Women Composers, September 16th. An achingly dumb, ever-so-obviously-click-baity article from The Spectator provided the inspiration for a sarcastic response about why there are no great women composers. Turns out, people care about this topic. I’m so heartened and delighted, and so excited to hopefully make some inroads in having various neglected composers performed. The first step is having the conversation, and we sure are having the conversation!
So. I’m pretty sure that statistically speaking, 2016 has to be better for me. Now that I’m done with taking care of dying people, expect more reviews, more interviews, more research projects on women’s history, more random videos at my dining table, etc. The blog is my baby, and I’m so glad you enjoy her, too.
Wishing all my readers a peaceful and productive 2016.
Lots of love, Emily