Category Archives: Music

Since it’s taking over my life anyway.

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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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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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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Winston and me, siblings in song-fail

I’ve been having ongoing troubles getting my voice working. Before the round of antibiotics I sounded like this guy: I’m quite a bit better now, but the fail still sneaks in from time to time. 

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A Whinge – Verdi, Rouse, and Dr. Seuss

So this choir I joined.  We just finished doing the Verdi Requiem, which was a lifetime-highlight experience for me.   Now we’re in the final phases of preparing for our Christmas concert.  Not nearly so thrilling.  Not every composition can be … Continue reading

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