19. May 2009 · Comments Off on Voting · Categories: Ramble

If you live around here you have 30 more minutes to vote. I haven’t seen anyone blog about this at all. I suppose propositions just aren’t as exciting as a presidential election. Go figure. But still … you could cast your vote. There’s still time.

19. May 2009 · Comments Off on Tee Hee · Categories: Havin' Fun, Links

The club is part of a thriving classical music community that has grown as Salt Lake City, known for its churches and Mormon population, has grown. But not everyone is happy that classical music has taken root here.

After a spate of shootings, and with a rising murder rate, the police here are saying classical music is contributing to the violence, luring preppy gang members and criminal activity to nightclubs. The police publicly condemned the music in a news release after a killing in July and are warning nightclub owners that their places might not be safe if they play classical music.

“We don’t want to paint all classical music with a broad-brush,” said Cpt. John Davis, a police spokesman, “but we’re looking at music that usually has no lyrics. Young people are free to imagine imagine any lyrics, including words that typically glorify anti-social and criminal behavior and demeans women.”

Um … is this a new “Onion”?

I read it here and I must conclude with the article’s penultimate paragraph (because I like it and because it allows me to use the word “penultimate”:

“When you have music that has no lyrics, there is no criticism of others who treat women poorly, steal things and even shoot police officers,” says Cpt. Davis, “you will certainly attract a small group of people who want to lead the thug life.”

Okay. I’m done now.

19. May 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Huh?

‘Spamlot’ makes its California premiere

Hmmm. Is that where we park our extra cans of Spam, maybe?

Dear Mercury News, I would be happy to catch errors for you.

(Of course by the time this posts maybe they’ll have corrected the problem.)

And you, practicing your oboe on 287 (truth!), have you ever thought about what happens if you have an accident with an oboe in your mouth, and the airbag goes off? I didn’t think so…..

I read it here.

I would prefer not to believe this, but I’ve been told by someone (a proud family member, in fact) that an oboist really did practice on his way to an audition.

Please don’t do this. I have family on the road. You have family on the road. We prefer to live.

19. May 2009 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

I am nervous because I am going to be flying to San Francisco to see my boyfriend who is performing in the San Francisco Opera. I am not going to the opera, but really want to see the city.

Gee, if my boyfriend was singing in the San Francisco Opera I’d sure want to go to a performance or two! I’d even go if my husband was singing in it. Really, Dan, how could I miss that?! 😉

(Don’t worry, all; I have a husband, but no boyfriend on the side. Honest.)

19. May 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

My brother bought my mom an English Horn for Mo’s Day. She sold hers 5 years ago to pay bills. She cried.

19. May 2009 · Comments Off on The Wagner Society Has a Sense of Humor · Categories: Links, Opera

The Society has to give cash because no one stepped forward to give their daughter as a prize in the vocal competition.

I read it here, in an article about the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition and the person awarded the Wagner Society of Northern California grant. The winner, Gregory Carroll, was the only contestant to sing Wagner. Smart move! I wonder if all the singers knew about this grant … perhaps more will insert a Wagner work next year? But, then again, if Wagner doesn’t work for one’s voice, it wouldn’t be wise. Mr. Carroll must be good; he came in second in the IDVC.

I always say “next year” and I guess I’ll say it again. Next year I want to attend.