Watchers and Doers, Sitters and Singers

In any arts organization that provides some sort of live production (and probably those that don’t), there is a constant struggle to fill the seats with more butts.  For financial reasons, ticket sales are important.  For spiritual reasons, audience cultivation gives one a sense of purpose and the hope that perhaps one is not wasting […]

How to Shave During a Concert

Being the attention-loving, extroverted, fame-whore that I am, the center of attention is often where I like to be, so it only stands to reason that some of my stupider ideas have spawned from a need to shock and awe whomever I happen to be with.  Perhaps you know this about me already, and so […]

Concert in a Giant Egg

Last night my spectacular wife took me to see a concert as a preamble to our tenth anniversary.  The concert was held in a giant concrete egg.  But more on than in a moment.  You see, we have been married for almost ten years now, and we really wanted to do something big to mark […]

What They Say and What We Hear

Isn’t it funny how our own personal situations skew everything we hear through a filter of our own flawed perspective?  It’s so difficult to step outside of ourselves and really hear what people are saying to us because of the assumptions, prejudices, and lack of critical thinking that we nourish in our own little dens […]

George Took My Folder

I had a really busy week last week.  There was not a single day that I did not have either a rehearsal or a performance, or some combination of multiples of both.  And then, to cap it all off, George took my folder. Look, I don’t really care about the folder.  I mean, I do.  […]

The Seven Steps to Singing a Successful Concert

Last night I sang a great concert.  “Of course you did,” you are thinking to yourselves, “you are a great singer!”  Well, thank you.  But I was not always the great singer that I am today.  It took years of practice and refining my skills, until I arrived at the fool proof method for singing […]

Cake: Live in Concert

For my birthday, which was two months ago, I received concert tickets to go see Cake, which was three nights ago.  When I was young and childless I used to go to concerts all the time, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen any sort of live concert that does not involve arias or […]

The Ten Tenors

This past weekend I participated in a concert with the American Bel Canto Association called “The Ten Tenors.”  Now, to be clear from the start, this number ten was arrived at in a very loose sense.  For one thing, one of the tenors was sick and didn’t come, so already we are down to nine.  […]