Yesterday I got involved in a sort of friendly word war. Actually, there was no war, since when someone has a great Michael Caine accent and writes about his "luvverly garden" you always finish last. Which is fine with me. The oldgit at wordpress is just too funny. And while we were tossing words about, … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Summer Solstice: Like The Man Said
Monday night was rehearsal for one of the great comic roles for a dramatic Mezzo: Nancy, half of Friedrich von Flotow's pair of royals turned bucolic Annie Get Your Guns. Who end up being sold as maids to two bucolics who turn out to be royals, and if this sounds like a cross between Shakespeare … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Singing And Technology: The Pling And I
There is a strange high-pitched hoop-hoop-hoop sound (An exercise to get vocal beginners to find the area where they project best.) Then a quartett bursts through the door And sings a very funny, and often slightly raucus, version of some very serious song. In this case, with lyrics to do with the US political campaign. … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Crocodile On The Bank
Hi. Come on in. No, it's not really a typo. And yes, I really am going to write about that old chestnut Thorsday. Named for Thor. The hammer-wielding, thunder and lightening throwing, cart drawn by two goats riding, husband of Sif and lover of a whole lot of other -hm-well, let's just call them female … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Welcome To The Thorsday Conundrum
Here in Gutenberg land, we're big fans of all-purpose curse removal. eg: the exchange of: "rabbit rabbit," "rabbit rabbit rabbit," "white rabbit," "rabbit rabbit white rabbit," or even "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit, rabbit rabbit." Try that one three times out loud, before coffee, and I don't know about the one full month of good … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Rabbit Rabbit
Today I watched the sun come up through a foggy, spitting mist of rain. I thought of all I had to do today. And how I would have to walk a half hour to the bus stop through it. And then I simply gave up, looked out the window, and enjoyed it thoroughly. And when … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Day That Was Better Than It Should Be
Just about a week ago, I decided to go shopping at our local equivalent of a closed mall- multiple electronic stores on one end, a rather large food store on the other, shoes, keys, teller machine, optics, flowers, and three small take-aways in the middle- Which, here in Gutenberg land, makes it the center of … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Morris Dancer- Is That A Car?
Yesterday morning my other half and I watched, make that fast-forwarded, through a video of the European Song Contest. (I have to. My voice students and adult beginners' choir regularly ask questions on such things, and are always disappointed if I say "huh?") Anyway, the ESC no jokes about an escape key, please, is something … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: What, A European Song Contest Isn’t Enough?
May is a busy month here in Gutenberg Land. What with St Walpurga, she of the thirtieth of April witches' covens, waldmeister punch, a hallucinogenic drink served in small amounts in almost all pubs here, (more and you could end up seriously poisoned) and fires of massive proportion, made out of old tires and the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Witches, Ascension,Waldmeister, Cauldron Races, And Carnival
Recently, several other members of a blogger consortium and I, did a post on the ramifications of dancing. Ballroom style. And got a lot of insight, and very amusing feedback, both written, and by late late night telephone call, some with heavy breathing, (probably a dance studio owner practicing the jitterbug,) into what dancing today … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: One Step, Two Step, Green Step, Blue Step