Monthly Archives: May 2013

Concerning the backlog of veterans’ benefit claims…

This has to be fixed immediately. I don’t understand why it hasn’t. There’s no argument AGAINST fixing it. The backlog just requires hiring some temporary workers to get caught up. There are plenty of out of work people with good clerical skills to fill those jobs. The funding would be minimal compared to so many things Congress wastes money on, and there would be no backlash against authorizing that funding. I’m baffled. Obviously the veterans just don’t have anyone bribing congress like the big corporations. Shame on every member of Congress for allowing this to go on so long. They’re all aware. They obviously just don’t give a damn.

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Happy Anniversary to Le Sacre du Printemps!

Happy Anniversary to Le Sacre du Printemps!

100 years ago the musical 20th century began. A riot ensued. Those were the days!

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May 29, 2013 · 3:05 pm

In memoriam

In honor of Memorial Day, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sings Duparc’s setting of Gautier’s poem Au pays ou se fait la guerre.

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May 27, 2013 · 8:14 pm

Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner would be 200 years old today. A great musician and awful human being. Happy Birthday in the style of Tristan und Isolde.

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May 22, 2013 · 4:56 pm

Opera Buff: Monteverdi

This is definitely not Monteverdi as it would have been performed in his lifetime, but I think this kind of staging works very well with this music. Trisha Brown’s choreography shown here is as beautiful as the music. It’s also far more interesting to watch than the stylized stand and gesture style that would be “correct” for this period. This is a good example or rethinking a work for modern audiences.

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May 21, 2013 · 1:41 pm

Faith in Science???

Of all the ridiculous things I hear people say, few are as absurd as the attempt to equate science with superstition.  Yes, our understanding of the world and how it works changes over time.  That is not a flaw in the scientific method.  New evidence and new understanding may change our understanding of reality.  “Science changes all the time.” is therefore a good thing, not a valid criticism.  One person used gravity as an example, as if my “faith” in gravity is necessary in order for object to fall towards the earth.  Faith is belief without evidence.  Science is the use of evidence to aid our understanding.  There’s no comparison between the two.  If that upsets you, then perhaps you should question how you view the world.

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Opera Buff: Beverly Sills as Cleopatra

Yes, the staging is silly and the ornamentation is more Rossini than Haendel, but the sing is fantabulous!

Remind me some time to tell both stories about meeting La Sills.

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May 20, 2013 · 8:59 pm