Category Archives: Making Stuff

Singing Classical Music and Being a Hardass Atheist

I am an atheist. The hardass kind. I also love to sing. And a lot of vocal, and especially choral, music is religious in nature.
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Yum! Vegetarian (and easily veganizable) Enchiladas

I was feeling creative the other day and got busy in the kitchen with some flavours I’ve been really enjoying. Continue reading

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Current Singing Project: “Complainte de la Seine”

Kurt Weill wrote “Complainte de la Seine” in Paris in 1934, which may have been the darkest time of his life. Just divorced from Lotte Lenya, the love of his life, and driven from Berlin by the Nazis, who hated his politics (actually socialist) as much as his ethnicity (Jewish), he stayed in Paris for a year or so before fleeing Europe entirely.
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Aquarium Maintenance Note

If you’ve already sprayed your living room carpet with sludge once, don’t assume that was all the sludge in the hose. Continue reading

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Stalkeriffic douche-nozzle gets girl: so, so, so not new

So at my voice lessons I’m finally learning a new song.  It’s in the Alfred book of 26 Italian Arias, and if you’re learning to sing Western Art Music, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll sing from this book at some … Continue reading

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Salvation is created by Pavel Tchesnokov

Today in things I need to sing before I die:

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Trouser Roles in Opera: Feminist Observations

Fabulous mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber was in town the other day to do a recital and masterclass.  I couldn’t make it to the recital (I’d have to miss choir practice), so I went to the masterclass.  I went hoping to take away … Continue reading

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