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09 April 2011 @ 06:14 pm
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My favourite of the 5 poems -

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack'd anything.

A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.

- George Herbert
26 March 2011 @ 02:09 pm
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15 March 2011 @ 08:19 pm
24 January 2011 @ 10:04 pm
I'm watching Cinderella (and procrastinating on my homework) and this made me laugh -

Lionel: You know, I honestly wish there WAS something between us.
Stepmother: Really?
Lionel: Yes. A continent.
22 January 2011 @ 08:33 am
Current Mood: amusedamused
27 December 2010 @ 11:38 am
I'm rereading an old book by Debussy, "Monsieur Croche the Dilettante Hater" and I had forgotten just how funny some of it is.

on virtuosos -

"During the last few weeks there has been a great influx of German conductors.  This is not as serious as an epidemic, though it makes more noise, a conductor being multiplied by ninety."

on opera -

"Everybody knows our national Opera House, at least by repute. I can assure you from painful experience that it has not changed. ... They continue to produce curious noises which the people who pay call music, but there is not need to believe them implicitly."
Current Mood: amusedamused
06 December 2010 @ 09:25 pm
How many conductors does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Nobody knows because nobody watches.
04 December 2010 @ 01:05 pm
From an email I just received:

"This year, our conductor, ... , has chosen an exciting and diverse program ..."

including music by Bach, Whitacre, Sinatra, and the Beatles. 

"We are very excited about this concert, and sincerely hope you will attend."

Well, it's certainly diverse, but I'm not so sure about exciting.  It sounds like the result will be the musical equivalent of indigestion.  Some of the program sounds interesting, but all together???  I think I'll pass on this concert.
02 December 2010 @ 08:57 pm


There are two different casts and several musicians to cover all the performances.  There was a dress rehearsal for each cast, one on Monday and one yesterday, and they went pretty well - it will be a good show.  I sang both the dress rehearsals, and will be singing for the performances on December 4th & 12th.  The two organists and some of the singers have been doing this for several decades. I'm one of the newest ones, this is only my 4th time. The first time I got called at the last minute to sub for a soprano who was ill - I was so nervous, but I must have done OK, because I got called again :-)
08 November 2010 @ 11:51 am

‘Suffer dishonour and disgrace, but never resort to arms. Be bullied, be outraged, be killed – but do not kill….Pure Christianity will not fit in with pure patriotism.’
- Wilfred Owen