Category Archives: Popular music & culture

Demoralization as a tactic

Don’t lose heart. But do you ever wonder whether someone might be deliberately trying to wear you down, demoralize you, persuade you to give up? I know that as a persistent CBC listener & CNN watcher, as a voracious consumer … Continue reading

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What I learned from Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, a man of contradictions, has died.  Yes he ended his life, but he seemed to know more about how to enjoy life than anyone I can think of.  As I watch CNN’s marathon of favourite episodes of Parts … Continue reading

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Opera: Passion, Power, and Politics

There it all is, everything a boy or girl could want in one headline. Now in fact that’s the title of a big beautiful book that I’ve been reading.  And what good is a book if it doesn’t push your … Continue reading

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Laird’s new Leonard Bernstein biography

2018 is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, as I’ve mentioned in reviewing recent commemorative performances of Candide by TIFT, TOT and the TSO.  Anniversaries usually trigger a flood of books as well.  I’ve just read one of them cover … Continue reading

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Against the Grain Orphée+

Orphée+? That plus sign might signify an opera updated, enlarged, perhaps even reformed(?). The “+” means some remarkable additions and changes from Gluck’s original, Orphée et Eurydice (or the Italian version aka Orfeo ed Euridice). Gluck created more than one … Continue reading

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Frisch takes us Over the Rainbow

Sometimes we read a book to learn something, to discover answers to questions. And sometimes we read simply to get lost in the conversation. Walter Frisch is taking me on one of those latter sorts of journeys in his 2017 … Continue reading

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Legends of Horror

If you like your theatre interactive, I have the show for you. But whoops tonight was the closing night. Even so I am betting that Legends of Horror will come back to Casa Loma next year.  I sure hope so.  … Continue reading

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