A Brief Monologue About the Paper Cutter and Life

So I have this new job, and it’s actually a really fantastic  job, flexible, benefits, everything. But part of any new job is cleaning up after the last guy, or girl in this case, and so you gotta make it your own, right? Right. So I’m at the job, and one of the first things […]

Extending the Edges of Empathy

I was listening to the radio yesterday during my long Thursday morning commute, and the topic of the day was “Jobs You Used To Have That Have Nothing To Do With The Job You Have Now.” Callers would call in and and we would hear from nurses that used to be flight attendants, and from office […]

Infamous Gigs: My Wife’s Boss

Everyone there knew I was a singer. Her co-workers would ask my wife what I did for work, and she would tell them that I was a singer, and they were all very impressed. She would also tell them that I was a very good singer, but I don’t know if they believed her. I […]

Bad Second Careers For Opera Singers

Look, being an opera singer is hard. Many people undertake years of training, only to find themselves with no work and no prospects. Some singers make a go of it for a while, but then either the jobs of their voices dry up. And there are still others who are legitimate opera singers, but who […]

I Was a Door-To-Door Rollerskating Christmas Tree Salesman

I was in college.  I needed money.  Because college.  And so I would pretty much do anything for it.  I made pizzas until 3 am.  I filed applications in the admissions office.  I sang concerts and solos and hymns and valentine-o-grams.  And once, for a few weeks in November and December, I was a door-to-door […]

Tenor Dad: Minister of Music

I have a new job.  This week I will be taking over as the minster of music at my church.  This is extremely exciting to me, and I have had a hard time keeping this news from all of you, but I had to wait for it become official and announced and all that.  You […]

Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about something awesome and local.  Unless you do not live in Vermont, in which case I would like to tell you about something awesome and far away that you will probably never experience.  What is this exciting thing?!  Why, it is my new place of […]

Why Artists Work Crappy Jobs

To be an artist, whether you are an actor, a painter, or an opera singer, you need to believe that you have something special inside of you that no one else has, and that you must share it with the world, no matter what the cost.  This frame of mind is very important for an […]

Setting Opera Goals

So the other night my wife and I started our semi-annual discussion about goals and what we want for the future.  She always has a much better idea of what she wants than I do (she wants to go to grad school, she wants Ruby to take music lessons, etc.), but we both do well […]

Tenor Dad Makes a Pizza

I started my new job on Wednesday.  You may recall that I was unsuccessfully looking for a job for quite a while.  Well, as luck would have it, I finally found one!  Now that my operas are pretty well done for the season (except for La Rondine, but that is here in Vermont), I was […]