My Boldest Moment: Thrown Off A Plane

I entered a contest!  We were supposed to describe our Boldest Moment.  I didn't win. But I spent some effort on this -- It's a combo PSA and My Version Of Activism(tm), so. Here it is.

 Caveats: (a) Do not try this Post-9/11, because you'll end up at Gitmo and your folks will never see you again; (b) NC-17 rating for language...C Word and everything; and (c) I felt all bold and stuff, but I possibly was just an asshole.

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I saw this article this morning on Jezebel.

Hell’s bells, now it’s the kids’ music too?  People --  professionals with resumes, by the way -- who are providing some of the most heavily and regularly consumed music in our current cultural landscape, are reduced to this?  Setting aside the always super enjoyable schadenfreude, it’s simply a fact that this culture has thrown away the journeyman artist...........

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Jo Stafford wrote a Techniques in Singing book!

I confess I didn't expect it to be especially controversial. However, in Lesson one, on Breathing, she drops a bomb.  Jo says:  "Lie down on your back, rest your hands on your stomach, take a good deep breath, just as good and deep as you can." Ok, I see where this is going.  "If you feel your stomach swelling as you breathe, you are breathing incorrectly."

Wait. What?

...........

Somewhere in the world, a voice teacher just got chicken skin.

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REVIEW: EURIPIDES' ANDROMACHE

Pretty often, actually, somebody or other tells me I should Be A Reviewer! So y'all know how I am ... I aim to please, me.  Anyhoo, I was out getting some culture seeing some Euripides recently.  I had a few thoughts:

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Fiona T. Cattington, 1998-2014

Dear Hooms, I suppose you're all wondering why I gathered you here (I always wanted to say that). If you’re reading this, I have left the building. The following is the obituary I prepared in advance – I obviously couldn’t trust the Hooms I live(d) with to get it right...........

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Regarding That Whole Miss Kansas Situation

Because I'm aggravated all the way down to my stem cells by Miss Kansas' decision to use Puccini's iconic, litmus test of an aria for lyrico spinto tenore as a graceless Plan B for an amateur soubrette (yeah, I know I'm late to the party, but I tend to percolate), I've decided to embark upon the following rant.

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On Jo Stafford

“I had four or five years in school training as a soprano. I fell into pop singing because of economics. I got out of high school and had to go to work, and they weren't hiring opera singers.” - Jo Stafford

What a thing to say! On the one hand, I’m all envy. .........

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