"[…] There must always be the human voice. For if music is the one art to which all others aspire, the human voice is the instrument all others seek to imitate (that includes trombones, maracas, piccolos, kettledrums, pianos, tin cans, and electronic belches.) Therefore those composers who today treat the voice as a “mechanical” instrument are exercising as vain a contradiction as that practiced by women who now tease their real hair so that it will resemble the wigs they can’t afford."
in Ned Rorem’s last diary — Nov 18th, 1963
LISTENING TO NEW, ARTSY NOISE MUSIC
AFTER A TOUGH-ASS REHEARSAL
WHEN SOMEONE ASKS ME IF I THINK OPERA IS DYING
San Diego Opera management:
All of us:
WHEN I ACCIDENTALLY DO NOTHING ALL DAY
Opera protagonist: “Man, I would do anything to be able to —”
being a music major: a summary
Quick soap box: this is not a summary of being a music major.
1. I have seen an inordinate amount of people traipse through music school by only half-assedly performing things and blowing off classes, and though they are often encouraged and redirected by many people, they don’t care enough to make a change or give a damn. That’s the true waste of a music degree — not the loan money that they accrue, but the fact that they aren’t growing in a mature appreciation of the art form that they allegedly love enough to pursue at a university level and beyond. It’s not just about “surviving” music school, because you don’t automatically become a professional musician once you leave — you become one while you’re there, based on what you do and how you do it.
2. It’s not just about the notes — it’s what you do with them.
You’re all sad because you’ve reached the end of HIMYM, but I’m happy, because I’m still on season 2…
… of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.