DAN'S RATING: GRROAN.
Saturday, March 17, 2001
Friday, March 16, 2001
Today has been a very reflective day. Rather than listening to the music I need to memorize by Monday, today I've been working to the startlingly beautiful strains of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir. It's a wonderful piece of 20th century music, inviting and warm where many other modern pieces are off-putting and alien. Anyone interested in good music of any genre would be well-advised to hunt for a copy of this, particularly the Agnus Dei.
DAN'S RATING: GRRAND!
Several years have since gone by and I decided to take a gander at the Razormaid website to see what's going on with them. Hmm, custom-made CDs? That's Grreat! $32 per CD? Are they mad? Well. depending on the goodies they're mutating now, that might be worth it. Let's see... SHOCK! HORROR! Enrique Iglesias????
Another illusion from my youth lies in tatters. *sob*
Thursday, March 15, 2001
The precious slice of hell I endured this evening was for a Concordia Society concert in Newburyport on Sunday. We're doing some cool stuff, including some madrigals by Montiverdi, a Bach motet, and this absolutely gorgeous piece by Norman Lockwood. I'd be more excited, but I'm also in the process of memorizing Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" and Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe" for a BSO concert series next week. Plus, I work. Pity me as I collapse into a sobbing heap.
I feel like I should apologize for the colors on this site. I'm trying to do something about it, honest.
HI! I'm Dan. I'm the remarkably self-absorbed singer who will be your host on this wild blog I've tenatively called Grr... Some may ask, "Why Grr...? Are you cranky and irascible? Will you be delivering crotchety yet endearing missives about life in Boston? Are you a grumpy curmudgeon with a heart of gold?" Um, no (although I am tempted to slap you for asking). The painful truth is that I'm woefully uncreative these days. When Blogger asked me for a title, the first thing that came to mind was "Grr..." because I couldn't think of one. And there you are. Hopefully one will come to mind eventually, but I'm not holding my breath.
So, more about me, since that's why I started this: I'm 28, married, and currently living in a city known for its extreme warmth and friendliness. I write code for a living but I live for music. I'm currently singing with two groups, one being The Concordia Society, an 18-person a capella chamber choir started by a friend from college, while the other is the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. My brother is musically-inclined as well, seeing as he's a member of the acclaimed DC hip-hop group Poem-Cees. He's also a lawyer. I hate him. (not really!) My wife also sings and hopes to be a big opera star some time in the next ten years. Since she isn't nearly as much of a hopeless nerd as I am, she has no website to link. I still love her, though.
Good Lord. I think I've rambled on enough for now. Stay tuned for later wacky hijinks.