Category Archives: Music

Music is important to me: concerts I sing, concerts I listen to, recordings I like/don’t like.

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Old Reads: Swarmatron

On my way to reading an article by Atul Gawande in the January 24, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, I stumbled on a Talk of the Town piece about an odd electronic instrument called the Swarmatron. Hadn’t paid attention … Continue reading

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Mindful Monday: As SLow aS Possible

Time. Before/After. Early/Late. Deadlines. Stress. It’s hard to be mindful when your life is deadline-driven. Clients think they need everything yesterday. Assignment instructions always include ASAP: As Soon As Possible. Taking time to smell the flowers can feel like negligence … Continue reading

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Making a joyful noise again!

I retired from my church soloist job at the end of last season for a number of reasons. We planned to be out of town for several Sundays in September and October, (a time when it’s almost impossible to get … Continue reading

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Lippe joins the choir!

Lippe came with me to choir rehearsal tonight.   He’s been looking forward to it for days. He missed his chance to sing in the Boar’s Head Festival, and was so eager that he couldn’t wait until I finished dinner … Continue reading

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Fear and trembling

Today was the first day of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. Every other year, on the weekend closest to Epiphany, the church puts on an extravaganza of pageantry and music with … Continue reading

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Beginning

Candles. Light streaming in through stained glass windows. Gentle sounds of breathing, soft footsteps, rustling clothes. Then, music! Bach first, followed by hymns and my two solos. I started the day singing—perfect beginning for a day, or a year.

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Decluttering gift #2: Opera scores

Both Andy and I love opera. We attend performances when we can, own recordings, listen often. We both enjoy following along with the score. A year or two ago, we had dinner with an old friend of Andy’s father. Peter … Continue reading

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