In the Service of Clarity

You may know that my favorite composer is Stephen Sondheim. My husband even gave me an autographed picture of him for my birthday (thanks to the family of Gary Lorenz, who apparently didn’t appreciate what their family member had and sold it on eBay). Sondheim has written two books on his lyrics (he meant toContinue reading “In the Service of Clarity”

World Listening Day – July 18

“Unless I’m willing to be changed by you, I’m probably not really listening.” — Alan Alda I went to a singing teachers conference last week and learned more about listening than singing. One session I attended was called “Children Will Listen” and covered the topic of teaching children between the ages of 5-12, a demographicContinue reading “World Listening Day – July 18”

Listening Party #3: Assassins

Stephen Sondheim certainly does like to write about varied subjects, doesn’t he? Here’s a few examples: A fake miracle, a corrupt mayor, and inmates from a local asylum called the Cookie Jar (Anyone can Whistle, 1964) A love story about two young people living in a department store with a subculture of residents who areContinue reading “Listening Party #3: Assassins”