The Life You Give: Grace Bumbry *1937

Grace Bumbry is a pioneering Mezzo & Soprano. Few mezzo-sopranos have successfully made the transition to becoming top sopranos. Grace Bumbry managed that. She was also a major figure in helping black singers find their rightful place on the opera stage in an era where segregation ran rampant.Born on Jan. 4, 1937, the mezzo was… Continue reading The Life You Give: Grace Bumbry *1937

Happy Birthday, Frank Sinatra! *1915

Frank Sinatra, born December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, was a singer, and motion-picture actor who, through a long career and a very public personal life, became one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry; he is often hailed as the greatest American singer of 20th-century popular music. The Aristipposian PoetpresentsThe Life… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Frank Sinatra! *1915

o·blige /əˈblīj/

An obligation has a source. It may be an internal power, it may be an external one. Ideally, having and feeling obliged ought to be from an internal standpoint, as the character wants standing purity in being self. That which I do wishes to coincide with what is expected of me by my peers and… Continue reading o·blige /əˈblīj/

The Life You Give: Trisha Brown *1936

Happy Birthday, Trisha Brown! Born November 25, 1936, Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.A, dancer and choreographer whose avant-garde and postmodernist work explores and experiments in pure movement, with and without the accompaniments of music and traditional theatrical space. Brown studied modern dance at Mills College in Oakland, California (B.A., 1958). Her style began developing after she met… Continue reading The Life You Give: Trisha Brown *1936

“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”*

My father, lovingly, forced me to think but I am not a philosopher. During my upbringing I was taught to trust, believe. I do but filled with questions because I believe in the intellect which dwells on beauty and the ugly alike — perhaps the fruit of thinking. I surrender increasingly to the vibrancy of… Continue reading “It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”*

I

That is the selfSimpleSingularMajusculeQuite a featIn the mind with the English tonguewriting it displays a highly concerted and concentrated effortIn that which I prepare to drink or eatand in how I drink or eat itIn the sounds with timing I wish to composethe words I conveyeither for poetryor conversation In the frames I freeze through… Continue reading I

Frida, in words

“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” “They are so damn 'intellectual' and rotten that I can't stand them anymore....I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those 'artistic' bitches of Paris.” “I wish I could do whatever… Continue reading Frida, in words

This week’s opera streamings from the Metropolitan Opera

Pride Week (#67) Free HD streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Monday, June 21Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating AngelStarring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David… Continue reading This week’s opera streamings from the Metropolitan Opera

Blindness, Incompletion, and Wisdom — Tchaikovsky’s Opera “Iolanta” [Event]

Born blind, Princess Iolanta lives protected from the outside world, while unaware of her impairment — until love reveals her limitations. Join Sila Blume to discuss incompleteness, and wisdom, based on Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s last opera, on Thursday, March 4 2021, at 4:30 pm EST, in Clubhouse. Please, go to https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/MzapOQZp Tchaikovsky, Iolanta (Melodiya USSR… Continue reading Blindness, Incompletion, and Wisdom — Tchaikovsky’s Opera “Iolanta” [Event]

Testing Detest — the inexplicable foe-to-friend metamorphosis

Friendship beds vary. A friendship may develop in a variety of ways and for various reasons, reaching different intensities. Some come subdued and ever so slowly, others are sudden shivering manifestations. While some are a smooth sail, others are tested and challenged for survival through time and situation. Generally, they all arise out of mutual… Continue reading Testing Detest — the inexplicable foe-to-friend metamorphosis

A Good Morning is… that the Sun has not come up for nothing

Plantain (green banana) purée, marjoram, olive oil, black sesame seeds. A good morning is a warm meal for comfort in a hearty plantain purée; a noble joy to the palate and to the soul, reviving the memory of a wonderful Indonesian rain season; accompanied by the glance at a book that spells out who we… Continue reading A Good Morning is… that the Sun has not come up for nothing