Sunday, April 29, 2007

I have some good news! Tonight, I successfully ate my first meal in 6 days without getting sick! (knock on wood...) I've had some sort of intestinal bug all week that has really been a huge drag. I haven't been able to eat anything really that hasn't made me sick. I've been pretty much ok with bananas, but even those haven't left me in a terrific state. And not eating has made me really, really tired. But, tonight my friend Lisa and I went out for sushi and I managed to eat Miso soup, tea, an avocado roll, AND green tea ice cream - AND - so far so good!! We also watched a pretty interesting movie called "The Science of Sleep". If you like artsy fartsy indy films, you'll probably like it. I did. :-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Check this out:

What May Happen in the Next 100 Years
(Ladies Home Journal, 1900)

My favorite prediction is the one about the alphabet.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I can't help posting these photos of the California coast (along Rte. 1), even though the poor quality doesn't do any justice to the beauty of the terrain (I took them on my phone camera, of course).

It was SOOOOOOOOO beautiful out there. I was a broken record this weekend. "Neat!" "Wow!" "It's SO pretty here!" "Wow! It smells so pretty!"


(Maybe Ian will share some of his pics (taken on a really nice camera).... what do you say, eh?)

Friday, April 20, 2007

I'm going to California yesterday! ... I mean, I'm in California!! So, apparently, it's not usually cold and rainy here -- only this one weekend I chose to come and visit. Hmmm.... And, unfortunately, I've been in the habit of getting up at 6am EST, so after lying in bed totally awake for a few hours, I finally decided to get up and check my email. Now it's almost 7am PT, so maybe I can convince someone to get some breakfast with me before too long. Ian has to work today, so I'll be spending the day walking around the area to see what it's like. I'm on vacation! I kind of feel like shopping! But I also heard from my friend Akiko, who went to Stanford, that there's a lovely view of the area from the top of a hill, known as "the Dish". So... hopefully I'll find some fun things to do today. Should I wear my flip flops, which I have been so longing to wear, or my sneakers, which might be more practical?... I'm on vacation! Who cares!! Tomorrow we're renting a car and driving to Monterey.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I'm going to California today!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I'm going to California tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Somewhere there's somebody who looks just like you do.
Acts just like you do - feels the same way.
Somewhere there's a person in a far away place
with a different name and a face that looks like you.

Do you think about who it might be?
Do you wonder where you are?
In a distant foreign country
riding around in another car

where the wheels keep on turning and turning and turning
and nothing's disturbing the way they go around.

All your thoughts are in another head.
Your dreams are sleeping in a different bed.
The force that moves you is a circular breath
of life and death going round and round and round.

The wheel keeps on turning and turning and turning
and nothing's disturbing the way it goes around.

Maybe you ride a different wave.
Maybe you catch another ray of the sun
that I've just begun to feel.
Back and forth and back and forth around again.

(The Wheel - Edie Brickell)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Boston Marathon is tomorrow and I must admit, the idea of running 26 miles is completely CRAZY to me. It's even crazier, of course, because this awful weather of heavy rain and gusting winds is supposed to continue through the race!! But, even without that, the idea of running to the point of total exhaustion and probable injury is INSANE, in my opinion! I think it takes a certain kind of character - someone who has a need to prove they can endure great pain and accomplish a very difficult task. I know people like that. (Some of them even read this blog.)

**NOTE: It's Monday morning at 6:47am and I'm writing to say that I barely slept an hour last night -- the wind gusts are up to 36 mph!! It sounds like my windows are going to bust! I can't imagine how I'm going to drive to work without my car blowing off the ground. I don't know how people are running in this. (It's raining, too, of course.)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I finally just reposted all the MySpace songs. For some reason it didn't work before.

Friday, April 13, 2007

So I ran across this crazy adorable picture this morning and when I downloaded it, found that the file is called "baby_igel", which is pretty interesting. I thought "igel" meant hedgehog. At any rate... isn't he/she cute? You can start calling me Pamela Porcupine Farm if you like -- or Pammy the Porcupine is fine, too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I just posted the last remnants from the Syracuse recital:

0 - The Last Rose of Summer - Britten
1 - Down by the Salley Gardens - Britten
10 - Spleen - Debussy
11 - Oft in the Stilly Night - Britten

I don't know how well my phone camera captured this, but there are little blue flowers springing up everywhere near my house!
I don't mean to rip off your ideas, Ian, but this morning as I was listening to NPR on my way to work, an ad spot really caught my attention:

"Bank of America - helping affluent people pass on wealth from one generation to the next for over 200 years"

Excuse me? Is that effective advertising? Bank of America - helping rich people keep their money. Well, I suppose it's accurate, but why do I find it so offensive?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter, my friends!

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Idea of Order at Key West

by Wallace Stevens

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask. No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.
If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone. But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.

It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As the night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


w/ Susan Gaeddert, piano

0 - Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (aria from Carmen) - Bizet
1 - Depuis le jour (aria from Louise) - Charpentier

w/ Adrienne Caravan, violin

10 - We'll To the Woods No More and Along the Field - Vaughan Williams
11 - Good-Bye - Vaughan Williams
btw, this is my new favorite thing to do (as of yesterday) as a break from work in the morning:

Set Daily Puzzle

'cause I'm a dork.

Note: there are as many sets to be found as there are boxes...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Hey, Suze! So, I think in this game of yours, I get to ask you questions, too? Right?! Well, if so, here goes:

1. What is the thing you find most annoying about singers?
2. What is your favorite restaurant in Madison? and what do you like to eat there?
3. What do you miss most about the TAA? (seeing that you're not as involved anymore)
4. What do you like best about studying with Martha?
5. What do you look forward to most upon waking in the morning?
Now it's snowing.
Weather report for Sudbury, MA:

37F (feels like 30); heavy freezing rain; winds at 10mph


Whatever happened to spring????

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This is a canoe some of the kids are working on:

They do some really cool arts/crafts projects.
I'm going to post the rest of my recital little by little on my MySpace page (since I can only post 4 songs at a time). So, they'll still be listed anonymously and I'll tell you what they are here. These tracks are all with Susan on piano:

A. C'est l'extase - Debussy
B. Mandoline - Faure
C. Green - Faure
D. À Clymène - Faure

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Weather in Boston today:

Cloudy, Light Drizzle, High of 44F


Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Thanks to Susan, I have a new post for you today!

Here are 5 questions she made up for me to answer:

1. What is one unusual thing about you?

One? Ha! Let's see... Watching squirrels eat makes me happy.

2. Name 3 of your favorite places in Boston.

This is a hard question. Do I answer just places in Boston proper or in the greater Boston area? Do I name general areas? or specific places / certain shops, restaurants? Yikes! What a task! :-) I'm sure to leave tons of places I love out, but...

Ok, here goes:
#1. Copley Square area - Trinity, the Library, Newbury St., Comm Ave. park, etc.
#2. Harvard Square - Harvard Yard and its many cute squirrels, all the awesome bookstores, Harvard's amazing facilities, etc.
#3. Backbay Fens

3. You have been given the opportunity to present a program of your choice for a friendly audience in a prestigous recital hall. You have at your disposal any instrumentalists you need to accompany you, including a conductor (should you need one). What would you sing?

Hmmm... How about:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Barber)
Poèmes Pour Mi (Messiaen)
Su le Sponde del Tebro (Scarlatti)

4. What opera do you secretly hate?

It's no secret. I hate Cavalli's "La Calisto".

5. If you could do it all over again, would you still study voice?

Yes and no. Yes, I would take lessons and sing to my heart's content, but No, I wouldn't do a degree or degrees in voice performance. That said, I know my life would be very different without having had exposure to so much great repertoire, language classes, collaboration with other instrumentalists, etc. But, I'm curious to know how things would have turned out had I taken a different route.