I bid adieu to my family & friends and told them that I would most-likely be gone for years. I was about to embark on a dangerous journey into uncharted lands, terra incognita, to make my fortune. But, life had a surprise in store for me … for it only took me 15 minutes of […]
It was so hot in L.A., I saw a guy on the street corner, and he was frying an egg on the sidewalk. The thing about it is, when I came back later, the guy was still there, & he was still frying eggs, but now there was a line around the block to get […]
BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC
Music: “Dead Men Tell No Tales” from the album CINEMATIC
Artist: The Trabants
Location: Los Angeles
Info: “Named after the diminutive and once ubiquitous Eastern European automobile, Trabants is a rotating line-up of musicians who find their muse in the dusty bins of 60’s beat records.
“Fronted by composer Eric Penna, they play an all-instrumental mix of surf, garage, psych and soundtrack music from around the world.”
Price: $1 (USD) for track; $7 (USD) for 10-track album
Genre: Surf, Instrumental Surf, Spaghetti Western
Illnesses and Injuries
• Opera singer Matthew Best points out that singers are not good people to be around when you are seeking sympathy because you have a cold. The response of the singer is likely to be, “You have a cold? Get the h*ll out of here!”
• Opera singer Emma Eames worked hard and seldom forgot a word while on the stage. She stated, “If by any chance I forget a word on the stage, I know my health is run down, and I then at once take a rest for several days.”
• Singer-songwriters need many talents, including the ability to give good interviews. Of course, as songwriters and singers, they tend to have a facility in creating and presenting language. For example, Charlotte Sometimes made a splash with her 2008 debut album, the pop-with-attitude Waves and the Both of Us. And no wonder — this is a sample lyric: “Do you think of her / Hands on my waist / And do you think of me when she screams your name?” David Medsker of Bullz-eye.com asked her in an interview, “What is the hardest thing about being a woman rocker that people outside the biz would never understand?” Ms. Sometimes replied, “Having PMS. I think I should get those days off!”
• Frances Alda, a soprano, rehearsed before Arturo Toscanini in preparation to play the title role of Charpentier’s Louise, a role that required her to sing in Italian. Ms. Alda sang the entire role, while Maestro Toscanini listened in silence. After she had finished, Maestro Toscanini asked in his native Italian, “In what language were you singing?” Of course, Ms. Alda had been singing in Italian, and she became furious and stormed out of the rehearsal, staying in her hotel for the next few days. (Later, Maestro Toscanini worked long hours with Ms. Alda to teach her the proper Italian pronunciation.)
• Colin Hay, front man for the Australian group Men at Work (and currently a solo artist), used to be multilingual: He can speak English with a Scottish accent. And he used to be able to speak English with an Australian accent. He was born and raised in Scotland, but when he was a teenager, his family moved to Australia. Mr. Hays says, “I used to have two accents. There’s the Scottish accent I’ve always had. But I developed an Australian accent just to assimilate. I would talk Australian out on the street, and at home with my parents, I would speak Scottish.”
• Even early in his career, Luciano Pavarotti weighed over 300 pounds. Once, just before he was to appear on a TV talk show, he discovered that in order to reach his dressing room, he would have to climb five flights of stairs. He tried to get himself an easier-to-get-to dressing room on the grounds that his coach and accompanist Eugene Kohn — who was quite healthy — was weak and suffering from a bad heart. This obvious ploy failed, and Mr. Pavarotti was forced to climb the stars, cursing in Italian with each step.
• Conditions were tough when Plácido Domingo sang at the small Tel Aviv Opera House. Because of limited rehearsal times and because of frequent substitutions, sometimes the operas were sung in various languages. In one of the performances of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, the chorus sang in Hebrew, the baritone sang in Hungarian, the soprano sang in German, and Mr. Domingo sang in Italian!
• The American baritone Lawrence Tibbett once played the title role in the opera Don Juan de Mañara, with British baritone Dennis Noble playing Don Juan’s illegitimate son, Don José. Mr. Tibbett saw Mr. Noble in a cafe and called out to him, “This is a d*mn fine opera, Denny — I call you a b*stard three times in the first act!”
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