Category Archives: singing

One lesson, two lessons

Most singers admit that voice lessons have the potential to be equal parts therapy and education, and that voice teachers should probably have degrees in psychology as well as in music. As I drove to my voice lesson earlier this … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, volume 21

— 1 — Come, Emmanuel! Last week I was full of optimism about keeping a holy Advent, and now we’re a week in and I’m still in the same distracted crazy place I was during the tail end of Ordinary … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes volume 18: St Margaret’s Day edition

— 1 — As a kid I relished time spent with my dear grandmother Margaret, riding the city bus into downtown Hartford, pulling the cord to let the driver know to let us off at the G Fox building, and … Continue reading

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Vocal Rest: 3 scary questions about not talking

It starts with the tickle in your throat. You know what I’m talking about. For me, last week, it started with less of a tickle and more of a stabbing pain. Over the weekend the nodes in my neck started … Continue reading

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Seven Quick Takes, volume 15

— 1 — Yesterday I wrote “Four Alternatives to Killing Your Pipe Organ” in response to a Boston Globe opinion piece that really irked me. Diana linked to it over at the PrayTell Blog as well, which flatters me to … Continue reading

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Four alternatives to killing your pipe organ

This morning in the Boston Globe was an opinion piece that got my blood boiling before I had even left the house. Jennifer Graham writes To revitalize the Church, let’s kill all the organs! While I appreciate her observation that … Continue reading

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Letting pop music save my sanity, if only for a moment

Friday afternoon was like too many have been lately: stuck in traffic, on-and-off rain, snaking my way along the interstates to my sweetheart’s on the weekly three-hour pilgrimage one of us makes each week toward the other. I had passed … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, Volume 14

— 1 — Last week I achieved the uncommon mixture of apprehensive bragging as I let you know about the Hartford Half-Marathon. I am happy to report that despite some yucky Crohn’s pain Friday night, and freezing temps Saturday morning, … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, Volume 13

— 1 — The day is almost upon us! Tomorrow I plan to complete the Hartford Half-Marathon for the 7th time. Every year that goes by I get a little busier and train a little less, and feel less and … Continue reading

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7 Quick Takes, volume 12 (debate edition)

— 1 — Between a senate debate on Monday and a presidential debate on Wednesday, I was glued to the tv this week. I’ll be in my home state this weekend, and a sad, pathetic part of me hopes I … Continue reading

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