Tag: john adams

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality
Everyone always thinks that the life of a professional musician is glamorous. Their picture is The Beatles, with millions of screaming fans devouring every song. Their image is of The Rolling Stones, jet-setting and drugging to every “sextreme.” The reality is, unless you’re Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, you’re going to have to take some... Read more »

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago
When I was ten years old, I had an epiphany. I was walking through the local library, quietly minding my own business, my mind swirling with all the complicated and complex philosophical questions a ten year old has, such as “Will my mother leave me in the supermarket?” or “What are these red things on... Read more »
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