I love “Messiah”. Truth be told, it is probably my favorite large choral work. There’s a little something for everyone–from show piece arias to choruses that are both difficult and poignant to recitatives that move the story along while being musically interesting. The story that is told, using scriptures from
Dad (Charles Grass) on left, Bob Fosse on right, age 12 as “The Riff Brothers” “If you think you can do better, then do better. Don’t compete with anyone; just yourself.” Bob Fosse Today is my father’s 90th birthday. He is still with us, still sharp as a tack, still
“Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.” Queen Elizabeth I From the very beginning of writing my regular Blog, I have debated whether Choral Ethics should address sexual harassment issues. And almost from the beginning
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau As I begin preparations to cook another huge Thanksgiving Day meal, I am more thankful than usual this year. It’s been a rough fall for our family but things are looking a bit better.
“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things!” “The Simpsons” As I began to write this blog to describe Monique’s * story, I had no clue how to finish it. It’s a bit of an unusual situation but I bet many of you have dealt with something similar. You may
“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Alice Walker If you regularly read the newspaper or online versions of “Dear Abby” or “Miss Manners” or “Ask Amy”, you are certain to read a letter
“Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” Jane Addams Many of the problems people contact me about have also occurred to me. I may share with my correspondents how I handled a similar situation; I may not. With 20/20 hindsight, I often feel I handled it poorly
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Groucho Marx We all have people in our lives who claim to be honest. They crow about it, especially if they have said something unkind in the name of honesty. They
“As a child I loved ghost stories.” Rebecca Hall The Choral Ethics Cyber-Mailbag is filled to overflowing. Sit back for the first blog in a long series of Choral Ethics blogs about all sorts of problems. This fall, we deal with some newish Choral Ethics concerns as well as some
“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” Lucille Ball What with reading the Chorus America report for my Blog and my birthday fast approaching on Sunday, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching lately.