Blog: Open Intervals
Bach's family were underpaid musicians, too.
Recently I started reading John Eliot Gardiner's Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. I've had it for years and am happy to have finally taken it off the shelf.
There is a long section on Bach's family of musicians, and by that I mean the men who were actually written about, the ones who got to go out and work, and were then considered professionals.
And they were terribly, horribly underpaid.
A couple of days ago I caught up with a singing friend who also bemoans how low his singing pay has …
Earlier this year I took the Akimbo Podcast Workshop (definitely recommend if you have never podcasted and don't know where to start) and started a podcast for my German business.
One of the best parts of taking a workshop like that one is connecting with other people who are learning to podcast or have started podcasting and they come back to support the first-time learners.
Then sometimes you get asked to be on another podcast!
Craig Constantine asked, so we recorded this podcast yesterday,…
Let's Call it What it is: STE_M
We have a lot of STE_M culture - science, technology, engineering and math.
STE_M culture allows us to be right or wrong. To hypothesize, test, and review.
It's possible to seemingly perfect these things.
It's possible to compete because these things are perfectly measurable.
Measure something that's 5 inches in diameter, use mathematical formulas, build a robot, determine how to make dirty water clean again.
It's HOT right now. STE_M has been hot for years. Go on LinkedIn, any organization…
Culture vs. Entertainment
One of the main observations I've had since I moved back to the U.S. (from Germany in 2008) is this:
We live in a culturally poor culture.
There are a lot of bombastic experiences to be had here, you can go on a show that's all about "ninja warriors." You can go on national/international television and be lambasted for singing out of tune. You can be 8 years old and be called the next big opera singer.
That isn't culture, though. It may include expectations, backgroun…
Who are Culture Workers?
A couple of months ago my Virtual Assistant and I were discussing how under-funded the arts are in both our countries. (She lives in another country.)
I work in music and languages, she works as a Virtual Assistant, which means she does everything from graphic design to email marketing and everything in between.
We don't make cogs.
We don't fix cogs.
We don't run factories which make cogs.
We don't build and maintain the vehicles and roads which deliver cogs to businesses and individuals.…
What is Culture?
A lot of people (yell) talk about culture these days.
That yelling, I mean "talking," is part of our culture.
Our culture is loud. Obnoxiously loud.
Our culture is filled with strife and conflict. People are "always angling for something bigger/better/faster/more."
Our culture is exhausting.
Because conversations happen on a very laser-focused matter, out of context, without thought for the big picture. The big whole-of-everything.
The big whole-of-everything is our societal culture, which…
When Life is Like a Tritone
The tritone is a fantastic interval and it signals something significant: a change, a resolution, an ending, or it signals more mysterious things are ahead.
Tritones need to be resolved. Music theory says so.
So does your ear.
Nobody would like West Side Story if Maria's name were only sung as Maaa-reeeee... Did you sing it in your head?
It has to be resolved.
The tritone is dissonant to our ears, and we want the consonance of the resolution.
This interval used to be referred to as "the de…
Elm Ensemble: In the Bleak Midwinter
The Elm Ensemble has more music to help sustain you this holiday season.
In the Bleak Midwinter, text by Christina Rosetti.
I've sung this song often, most frequently in the past 10 years.
This one is my favorite.
"Dear Everyone... From Nicole"
A few weeks ago I had an interview on the Quarantine Phone Calls, which you can read about here. This is my Letter to the World.
My heart goes out to you, whether you're here in Milwaukee or as far away as Iran, Japan, or South Africa. I want to send you courage. Courage to ask for the help you need, courage to face every moment as it arises. Courage to remember that every day is a step in the right direction.
I also want to send you honest. Honesty so you can feel every emotio…
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