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Monday, October 29, 2007

Remembering Cable TV's Lina del Tinto

Some people enter our lives with the majestic energy to coax our hearts to blossom and tango…
They beckon us to open our eyes to accept a more magnificent glory.
They remain with us for a while, move us deeply, and then they quietly travel on…
We are forever touched by their magical noblesse…
And, gratefully…we are never ever to be the same…
Jane Marsh

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Creative Mechanism

The creative mechanism can only function in the present-today.
Plan all you want for the future. Prepare for it, but do not worry about how you will react tomorrow, or even five minutes from now.
Your creative mechanism can react in the 'now', if you pay attention to what is happening now.
Tomorrow is another day and at that time, you will also function in the 'now'.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Failing Type Expression


Friday, October 19, 2007

Wolf, Strauss, Marx - Three Composer Intentions

In looking at the expressive intentions of three composers and their poet choices, it is quite fascinating to note that to which each composer devoted himself, in the expression of his composing priorities.
Hugo Wolf was obsessed with words, so text declamation is tantamount in the whole style make-up of his songs, with less intent on major vocal demands-though they can also be found in Hugo Wolf-and greater focus on poetry and poets.
On the other hand, Richard Strauss, greatly identified with Austria, but in fact a German, was intent on a great and soaring vocal line. His opera and song poet choices, therefore, have usually less to do with text declamation and more to do with indulgence in vocal demands and, more often than not, extreme vocal demands. Mostly, then, but not always, the poet choices Strauss made require less declamatory involvement, but his poet choices are constant in their offering of vocal possibilities and attractive word meaning.
Joseph Marx, looking further to another Austrian, wanted it all.
In addition to a Rachmaninoff-like piano accompaniment-often directly in competition with the singer-when we glance at Marx songs, we understand immediately that Marx had wide and eclectic poet interests and composing fantasies, and that he was surely not shy in the technical savvy he, therefore, demanded of his vocal artists.
While we might expect that the same composing priorities and rules would apply to each composer, it is wise to realize that the creative intentions and "creature nature" of each composer may have much, if not all, to do with his poet choices.
Two "live" Joseph Marx songs found at the following link exemplify the typical vocal demands Marx applies to his artists: http//www.janemarsh.com.audio2.html
Joseph Marx was an inventive composer, only just on rediscovery, and well worth all effort. This year of 2007 celebrates a Joseph Marx Anniversary

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gallantry of the Horse

There is something magnificent about the horse.
Underscoring the "founding fathers image", a horse has grand ingredients of
truth, constancy and loyalty.
The gallantry of the horse is comparable to the Archangel offering brotherhood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Poetry - Power of the Written Word

The poetic word is not just an individuals personally concocted and flowered whim of expression, but poetry-who ever writes it-reveals individual and generational waves of expression and intuitive development. It is the expressed verse of the eras. Writing poetry puts the depth of word meaning creatively in stone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Progress also means being able to withstand rejection.
Where many people fall down is thinking that once tried is enough. Not so.
The worst that can happen if you fail the first time is picking yourself up again, regrouping, and trying again.
Great secret to progress is persistence.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Metropolitan Opera Guild

The valued lieutenant that the Metropolitan Opera houses in the Metropolitan Opera Guild, in creating interest, action, education,
relating to activities in and around the Metropolitan Opera,
is beyond praise.
We should all have such support systems!

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Happiness does not lie in the future, but in the present.
No matter what your circumstances, a good way to start is to find something now for which to be grateful.
This starts the foundation for present happiness.

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