Listen, Ted Cruz is the worst. He deserves a hearty Fuck You for the crack about NY Values; ugh, so petty. So pandery. He is a low-rent thinker, juicing up the worst among us with a shitty nonentity of an insult. (Yeah, don't think we didn't notice the non-specificity, you coward.) And, speaking for the presumptive godless, east-coast Left, I’m generally exhausted ...Read More
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.Read More
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...........Read More
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."
Somewhere in the world, a voice teacher just got chicken skin.Read More
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:Read More
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...........Read More
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.Read More
“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. .........Read More