Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Don Gibboni: Opera Apes

Some people think Opera is just monkeying around on stage, and they may be right: The small apes use the same technique to project their songs through the forests of southeast Asia as top sopranos singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera or La Scala in Milan. I’m not going to say anything. I value my life. That was the conclusion of research by Japanese scientists […]

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1920’s Sydney gangster mugshots

1920’s Sydney gangster mugshots

Are these police mug shots of 1920’s Sydney gangsters not the best mug-shots you’ve ever seen? via Cracked: 15 old photos that prove the world used to be insane

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The Angels Were Singing – MPJ

The Angels Were Singing – MPJ

Matthew Perryman Jones wrote this after his father died. Suffice it to say that it brings certain memories to the forefront, and I find it incredibly moving. Get the whole album for free on Noisetrade this week only.

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“Plumb Lines” for music ministry

“Plumb Lines” for music ministry

Simone has come up with some great ‘plumb lines’ (or ‘organisational proverbs’) for church music ministry, for example: Playing an instrument or songleading in church is not about being on a roster, it’s about ministering the word of God to people. A roster is about sharing the load so no one has to do more than their fair share. A ministry of the word of God, […]

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How to fold a jacket when travelling

How to fold a jacket when travelling

This should come in handy for classical singers: How to fold a suit jacket when travelling. It’s pretty simple… read about it here. via Lifehacker

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He is exalted… some new ideas

I know that I had the song He is Exalted in ‘demo’ mode, with charts and a lead sheet, but I was playing around with it again yesterday, and tried some new chords in the verse, and moved the pre-chorus to be a bridge.. I also changed a word (can you spot which one?) Here’s what I came up with: I’ll need to ‘stew’ with it for […]

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Prodigal Grace – new song on Luke 15

Prodigal Grace – new song on Luke 15

I somehow missed TGC’s call for songs for the book of Luke, and only found out because Bruce Benedict posted his submission last night (be sure to check his song out, it’s a bluesy take on Jesus’ temptation in the desert). Anyhow, the point is that the deadline is tomorrow…. so I wrote a song today. Well, I came up with the chorus before I went […]

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The Vacation, a poem

Following on from yesterday’s post about not taking photographs, here is a poem that someone linked to on the source post: The Vacation By Wendell Berry Once there was a man who filmed his vacation. He went flying down the river in his boat with his video camera to his eye, making a moving picture of the moving river upon which his sleek boat moved […]

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Why you should make memories and not photographs

Why you should make memories and not photographs

I like taking photographs, and I’m not against documentation, but I do agree that we need to be aware that sometimes the act of recording something can get in the way of us experiencing it (particularly at weddings.. I mean, honestly, they’re paying someone to take the shots, you don’t need to). In our amazing era of digital immediacy, I can tell the world where […]

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Alessandro on CD ready for pre-order!

Alessandro on CD ready for pre-order!

In February I performed the role of Clito in our sell-out production of Handel’s Alessandro, and now, those performances can be yours to cherish until CDs go the way of casette tapes:   (or via Amazon DE | UK ) You’ll miss out on my satirical dancing, but you should buy it in any case. We were great, as the blurb says: With an outstanding cast: […]

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Friday Foto 03.08.2012

Friday Foto 03.08.2012
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Karlsruhe takes Bronze

Karlsruhe takes Bronze

The industry magazine Die Deutsche Bühne (The German Stage) has just put our theatre in third place in Germany for the 2011/12 season (our rivals neighbours in much larger Stuttgart took first place): Auf Platz drei steht mit vier Stimmen unter Gesamtleistung das Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Wir zitieren Elisabeth Maier: „Der Neustart von Peter Spuhler und seinem Team ist nicht zuletzt deshalb gelungen, weil der neue […]

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