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Monday
Jan152007

Art Isn't Easy...and neither is recording it

Our new show...all about the creative process. The poor quality is due to Skype (the program I use to conference everyone together) issues...there's nothing really that could be done about it in post-production and the conversation was too good to scrap.

Episode 11 - Art Isn't Easy

I invited several friends of mine to come on so we could get all aspects of new works and what they mean to the business. Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi are a composer/librettist team that I have worked with before. You can find out more about them at their website.

Also on board are conductor Tim Myers and good old standby, Ethan Watermeier.

Finally, until the latest iTunes store problem is resolved, here's an easy way to still subscribe via iTunes:

1. click Advanced
2. click Subscribe to Podcast
3. enter the following: http://feeds.feedburner.com/opera

The show should show up in your podcast library and start downloading.

Tuesday
Jan092007

Opera Education Show...

A new show is up and ready...at least here! It's about Opera Education tours and features Benjie de la Fuente, Ethan Watermeier, and Katrina Thurman

Episode 10 - Road Warriors

Enjoy!

Sunday
Jan072007

A New Show Soon.

We've been on hiatus for the holidays...despite my attempt at 2 shows...

I'll have a new show up soon...I recorded it the other day but need to work out a few back-end hosting issues. I'm switching to a new server because I'm running out of room on my old one...

Watch this until then...despite the Asian subtitles. It's pretty sweet singing despite the ruffled tux shirts and the bad rugs.)

After I watched this all the way through it occurred to me...didn't they have teeth back in the mid-70's?

Sunday
Dec312006

For All You iTunes Users Out There...

If you don't know this, you can subscribe and listen to the show via iTunes as well...you don't have to visit this page every time a new show goes up.

We currently have 4 subscribers which tells me that most of you are coming here to listen.

If you are an iTunes user please get us through the store. It will bring our numbers up and give the show some legs! Click on the link on the right or do a search for the show in the iTunes store under "operanow".

Blessings onto you all...

Friday
Dec292006

Short show this week...

I tried to get a panel together this week, but some kind of miscommunication prevented me from getting everyone together...

We made few calls and hit on an interesting topic...

Hope you enjoy..

Episode 9 - Monster.Opera.com

Thursday
Dec282006

New Show by Friday

Sorry there hasn't been a new episode...I've been traveling, but we will be doing a show Thursday that should be up by Friday!

Monday
Dec252006

Christmas Day 2006...sad news...

Well, Christmas has come and with it has come the death of a true innovator, emancipator, and full-on dancitator...

James Brown, the hardest working man in show business, has left us

It's hard to beat someone like him (though allegedly he found it pretty easy to beat other people). I can honestly say that his music influences me whenever I go on stage. You may not believe it, but it's true. The man knew about rhythm...he was quoted as saying that the thing about singing funk is not the notes that you sing, but the notes that you don't.

Right on, my brother!

Sunday
Dec242006

Merry Christmas!

We have found a teacher for our scuola...meet Shane...

Wednesday
Dec202006

Even with Modern Technology, Things Can Go Wrong...

As I have mentioned several times on previous shows, I have been planning to do a show about new operas and their importance to the future of the art form. After 2 months of back and forth via email and telephone, we had all finally agreed on a time and day to do the show. Well, as that night came, I was forced to cancel because of work and the next night we were forced to cancel due to someone’s modem blowing up (not literally, but it sounds better this way).

What’s going on??!! How is that despite all the technical advances that have allowed me to do this show, it’s still impossible to get 5 people to sit down (and not even in the same city!) to shoot the shit about opera (or any topic for that matter).

And look at what happened to James Kim, the man who died in Oregon 2 weeks ago trying to go for help when his family was stranded in their car for 7 days. 7 DAYS!!!! In OREGON????!!! It’s amazing to think that we can be lost even in this country with all our cell phones and PDA’s and iPods and crap.

Anyway...my point is...actually, I’m not sure what my point is. But, Merry Christmas!

BTW...I may be putting up a short “live remote” from Nevin’s Pub tonight. Several of the panelists will be together for a drink and I may have us do a quick discussion just for the novelty of it.

Monday
Dec182006

Not much going on...

Not to beat this into the ground, but there was an interesting article at Mercury News that takes a different slant on the Alagna booing situation (and booing in general)...Give it a look...

Plus in a follow-up to our previous show about the Berlin Idomeneo, the performances are coming up this month and there will be heightened security in the house.