“Losing my mind,” by Stephen Sondheim.
Arranged by the late Neal Richardson for the Gateway Men’s Chorus.
I am finally caught the Muny Kids show this last week. And I enjoyed seeing three of my voice students in the performance, and also in the main stage for Newsies.
My student Aaron has been selected for the National Honor Choir (November 2017), sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.
I’m a happy voice teacher!
Well, I’ve had a full week of ‘vacation.’
And yes, I’ve rested from my usual labours. But the daily tasks, and the catch-up tasks, continue.
- dog washed and trimmed
- garden in good shape, with elephant ears split and more annuals in various pots
- yummy Asian chicken salad made and devoured
- at-home office desk purged of piles
- monologues memorized and rehearsed for an audition
- travel home from NYC
- dry cleaning delivered, collected, and stored
- lessons taught and coachings given
- music composed, and new-to-me songs read and digested
- cooking shows watched and enjoyed (and let the weekly menu planning commence)
- photos taken and new sites scouted
- Independence Day duly celebrated with a movie and then some grilled meat
- laundry accomplished; bedsheets changed; bathroom scoured
- fresh Gerber daisies placed in one of two favorite vases, and adorning the living room
- new cast albums heard and enjoyed (mostly)
- cake made and most eaten now
- dog walked more times than I can remember
The list could go on and on, and doesn’t seem like much other than daily life, but living a daily life away from the office for a couple of weeks is a delight!
Pic of Auggie post-grooming:
By the numbers:
13,374 steps Thursday.
2 meetings with songwriters.
And 1 most extraordinary dessert.
Amy’s Bread had a butterscotch cashew bar calling my name. I succumbed.
And speaking of succumbing, Hello, Dolly! was a paroxysm of delight. Bette Miller is out this week; I saw Donna Murphy in the title role.
While Miss Murphy’s voice may be ever-so-gently frayed, her energy, spunk, spirit, and timing — and her legs — are intact. And I loved her.
This revival had me in tears of joy a couple of times. Kate Baldwin is glorious as Miss Milloy; Gavin Creel, a most engaging Cornelius. I could not erase the memory of Josh Borgmeyer (may he rest in peace) as I watched Taylor Trensch as Cornelius, though.
One of the stunners of this current revival is the chorus — rich, glamorous, able to move as a unity, and full-throated. “Sunday Clothes” will never be bettered, visually or aurally.