On brokeness and new life

I hesitate to cite the source of this quote, as I don’t want the controversial nature of the figure to get in the way of what is, I think, a good point: When God’s people confess their sins without truly repenting, they are agreeing that they are guilty of evil but are not living lives of repentant transformation. This is [what happens in places] where […]

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Sir Tom on not listening to yourself

Sir Tom on not listening to yourself

Sir Thomas Allen is one of my all-time favourite performers. I’ve never seen anyone draw focus without doing anything the way he did in a performance I saw. He is celebrating 40 years since his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and who of us would not wish for such a long and illustrious career? I wish I’d been around to see his […]

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When someone yells at you from their car

I promised my friend Eleazar (aka Elfezar – as his Bahncard proudly states) that I’d write about him on my blog. Eli is a terrific tenor who makes the best guacamole ever. He’s also the coolest person in the world to ride a bike with; when I ride with him, it’s like I’m part of an 80’s BMX gang. That’s all an introduction to this […]

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Help me source this quote!

Help me source this quote!

I recently came across this quote, attributed to Hans Urs Von Balthasar: Every experience of beauty points to eternity. I have a rule, where I don’t like to quote anything without having read the wider context (though I suspect in this case it would be hard to misconstrue the meaning). Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find which of von Balthasar’s books this comes from; any […]

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Australia Day in Limelight

To celebrate Australia Day, opera devotee and writer Sarah Noble highlighted a bunch of Aussie singers overseas, on the Limelight blog. Not only did I get a mention, she linked to this blog! So if you’ve come here via Limelight: welcome, and thanks for stopping by! To be honest, this blog isn’t really about singing (you can find my website here and opera blog here) […]

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Legalism vs Joy (and the potential place inbetween)

I know I said I was not going to join in the Life:unmasked meme, but I changed my mind. I’m still not sure about my motives, but too bad.. I’ll get over them. I don’t do a regular “quiet time”, or read the Bible daily. I suppose, in my 28 years, I’ve probably read much of it several times over, but I’m really bad at […]

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Dalai Lama joke fail

I can’t believe he thought this was  good idea.. but glad he tried!

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Violist mimics interrupting ringtone

Violist mimics interrupting ringtone

Who hasn’t been in a concert usurped by a mobile phone? You’ve probably read all about the recent story of conductor Alan Gilbert stopping mid-performance when a phone continued to go off during a concert of the New York Philharmonic. In this clip, the violist Lukas Kmit mimics the ring tone that disturbed his recital:   According the the Telegraph, some think it’s just too […]

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The beauty of humility

The beauty of humility

John Dickson puts it succinctly: Humility is beautiful I’ve been reading Dickson’s book Humilitas which looks at the virtue of humilty, largely through an historical lens; or rather, at how humility became a virtue rather than an insult. It’s a fascinating read, and I don’t mean to focus on the historical development, but rather, something he writes about the aesthetics of humilty. Dickson’s observation is that we tend to […]

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The ‘problem’ of the four gospels

Gregory Thornbury writes about the apparent ‘problem’ of the four Gospel accounts: Whenever someone raises a question about the truthfulness of the Bible, ask yourself first whether or not the same question would bother any other scholar about any other figure in history. How many biographies are there of George Washington, for example? Is this in itself a concern about the historicity of the life […]

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Whose flame are we borrowing?

Whose flame are we borrowing?

This blog takes it’s name from a quote taken from poem by George Herbert: True beauty dwells on high: ours is a flame But borrow’d thence to light us thither.   Not all art is beautiful, but integral to artistic creativity are Aesthetics. Beauty, at least in my own field of classical music, is something most of us strive for. As an opera, or classical singer, […]

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In praise of powerpoint: helping non-native speakers follow a sermon

When people ask me if I’m fluent in German, I hesitate; I can speak it, I can work in it, and can follow most of the conversation around the table in the canteen, but I do make up most of my grammar, and still have no idea which article I’m supposed to be using, let alone which case it is in. For this reason, I […]

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