Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday cat blogging

The grey boys hanging around - Dudie, LittleOne and Jellico. There has been a dog running around so the cats haven't been here much. I tried to get a photo of them lying in the driveway making it difficult to navigate with the car. As soon as I go out, they get up and come to me. Oh well.

Friday shuffle

1. Where or When - The Belmonts
2. Mozart: Requiem, Lux Aeterna - Bach Choir Pittsburgh
3. Orange Blossom Special - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
4. Band of Gold - Don Cherry
5. PDQ Bach: Capriccio La Pucelle de New Orleans
6. Land of 1000 Dances - Cannibal & the Headhunters
7. de Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium - Westminster Choir
8. Rutter: As the Bridegroom to his Chosen - Cambridge Singers
9. Here Comes the Sun - Richie Havens
10. You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

A couple of phamily photos

Trinka the Gorgeous
Mom is an excellent person to try to decipher son's computer instructions in the book he is writing
You'll notice that nephew has inherited aunt's preference in computers

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yet another week to wait for marriage justice in California...

Judge Vaughan Walker followed up his opinion that Prop 8 is unconstitutional with the order to lift the stay on same sex marriage at 5 pm PDT on 18 August 2010. That gives the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals a week to consider any motion filed. A few of the coverages:
Episcopal Cafe

An interesting article on Huffington Post - yes, I know it's a liberal thing - Why Gay Opponents Hated and Feared the Proposition 8 Trial. You are welcome to check the hate filled propaganda organizations for dissent if you care to.

I hope my nephew and his wife are prepared for the devastation the decision will cause in their straight California marriage.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Post BCF Week 4 2010

The audience was large and appreciative. The choir was pretty good. The tenor seemed to be straining. The soprano Mary Wilson is possibly the best for that sort of repertoire. Her Exsultate Jubilate was the finest I have ever heard - by far! No wonder Susan S and David Newman like her. I spoke to her after the concert and she said Susan wrote she had a friend in the chorus. Susan is a blog friend. My freshman year at Westminster Choir College David threw me over his shoulder and carried me up the street like a sack of potatoes on our first runout to New York then apologized because he didn't know how old I was. My world keeps shrinking.

I got a kick out of using my big "opera" voice. I never do and few have ever heard it. Anton Armstrong wanted our alto solo voices, our black mama voices. Hee.

I thought we were very privileged to have Ann Howard Jones in our audience and told her so. I met her years ago during the Long Island Choral Festival. A beautiful woman.

The four of us crazies who were the Berkshirettes and sang 8 bars of altered Motown music were very well received. Brevity is always best. As former Greenville Symphony conductor Ivan Romanenko always said, "It's better to leave the audience wanting more than to have them wondering when the program will end."

Photos are here.