Category Archives: Music
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.
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.
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
Today in things I need to sing before I die:
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
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.