Articles by Bruce Hembd

Indexed in reverse chronological order.

Random Monday: Real World Crossover


Prepping for the holiday I found some decorative antlers and decided to make a statement for the holidays. Learned helplessness According to Dr. Martin Seligman, being repeatedly exposed to uncontrollable events can lead towards negative, defeatist thinking. Psychologists call this phenomenon “learned helplessness” – being repeatedly exposed to an uncontrollable event, such as interviews or auditions […]

Random Monday: Going Dutch, Furry Footstools and The Dude


Going Dutch Over the past month, I have been involved in a production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. The staging was a bit unusual in that the orchestra was onstage as a part of the naval-inspired set. Having performed the entire Ring cycle a few times, I feel that in many ways this opera was more difficult, […]


Random Monday: Better Late than Never


Last week I took a road trip to New Mexico in order to take care of some business, and also to get some work done on my horn. Regular readers might remember that a few years ago, I had some custom work done on my old Yamaha, and that I was tremendously happy with the […]

Random Monday: Giving, Receiving and Taking Away

Araya - Siegfried

Rather than break the pattern of past history, I decided instead to resume the “Random” series back to the semi-traditional day of Monday. Here is what is out there: * * * Fund raising for a donation drive A well-known freelancer in the Chicago area needs your help. The financial burden of Stage Two cancer […]

Random Monday: Hello World

Hello world. My name is Bruce Hembd. Life for me has been a bit complicated over the past year, and so I have been away from this place for a good while. Please do not be worried. The ordeal is not life-threatening. I still have all ten fingers and toes, but let’s just say that […]

Advertisement Preview: Horn Matters in the IHS 45 Program Guide

Horn Matter Ad IHS 45

In about one month the 45th International Horn Symposium will begin in Memphis, Tennessee at the University of Memphis. In order to help support this event and spread the word, we have had an IHS 45 banner ad at Horn Matters, located at top right, for many months. For the actual event in Memphis, a full-sized program […]

Existentialism and the Paradigm of Trolls, Musicians and Union Labor


As regular readers might know, I am an avid follower of internet culture, especially meme humor. What I find most fascinating is how some meme-based concepts evolve and take root into the broader, popular culture. Internet trolling (or just trolling) is one such phenomena. While there is nothing new or novel about playing pranks, trolling has evolved into […]