On Listening from the Inside

The tragic death of Robin Williams is beginning to be talked out and the comments are becoming redundant. But the untimely passing of this great artist by his own hand bring to mind some thoughts that I think are worth sharing. I won’t pretend that Robin Williams was my favorite actor of all time or …

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Farewell to La Cage aux Folles

Today is a bittersweet day.  At three p.m. the curtain will rise one last time on Georges, Zaza, les Cagelles and all the gang.  Even though after thirteen performances and five weeks of rehearsal I am a little weary of the tunes and can practically quote the entire show from memory, I am sad to …

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Some Thoughts on Life after Fifty

Now that the my fiftieth birthday is a thing in the relatively distant past, I have had some time to get over the shock of my commencing middle age and evaluate where I am in life. There were no shortage of things that I had to figure out how to accept. For example, at fifty, …

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Welcome to the New Blog

Dear friends, For those of you who have followed thetenordiaries.blogspot.com in the past, thank you very much. Thanks to the amazing work of Joseph Lo, my new webmaster, we have this fantastic website to work with and I will now be posting all my blog posts here. You will be able to comment and send …

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In Praise of the Public Library

Since my youngest days, the public library has been one of my sanctuaries. It was at the New Castle, Indiana public library that read my first biographies of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms, and it was there that I came to appreciate classic American cinema through their circulating collection of silent eight millimeter films.It was also …

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Please Help Support Choral Music in Dallas

Dear friends,It is not often that I use this space for a direct appeal, but since it’s my space and and you’re a supportive audience, here we go.In 1999, I founded The Helios Ensemble, a consort of professional musicians that produces operas, concerts and recitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The group has undergone a …

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Hearken Back if you Will…

Everyone who knows me knows that I love vinyl records, and that I have a special affinity to the classic vinyl issued throughout the fifties and early sixties on labels like Capitol. Columbia and RCA, not to mention Verve and Blue Note and the like.One of my favorite pass times is to troll through used …

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