Applied Opera — Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)

With the opera Iolanta, by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Opera, Blood , and Tears begins the new series Applied Opera. The intention is to consider which lessons the world of opera can impart to the social and individual life. Iolanta —- a lyric opera in one act Music: Peter Ilyitch TchaikovskyLibretto: Modest Tchaikovsky Based on the… Continue reading Applied Opera — Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)

Twentieth Century Vienna Fruits

In the wake of such influential studies as Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin's Wittgenstein's Vienna (1973) and Carl Schorske's Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (1979), scholars from diverse fields have come to recognize that in the years from about 1890 to 1918 the imperial city of Vienna comprised a unique historico-cultural nexus. The fact that… Continue reading Twentieth Century Vienna Fruits

The concept of The Life You Give, and why Frédéric Chopin

As a pianist, Chopin was unique in acquiring a reputation of the highest order on the basis of a minimum of public appearances—few more than 30 in the course of his lifetime. His original and sensitive approach to the keyboard allowed him to exploit all the resources of the piano of his day. He was… Continue reading The concept of The Life You Give, and why Frédéric Chopin

Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

Edmund Burke, born January 1, [Old Style], 1729, in Dublin, Ireland, was statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker prominent in public life from 1765 to about 1795 and important in the history of political theory. He championed conservatism in opposition to Jacobinism in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).Early lifeBurke, the son of a… Continue reading Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

Beyond language and vocabulary

Thank you, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! Where would I be without your poetic tongues?And Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, and Alexander Pushkin, who can be more inspiring to dive and fly in life through your cultural, and equally transcendental wordings?You all understood something beyond our physical being which has had your… Continue reading Beyond language and vocabulary

Eating towards either godside

— one may abide by the common notion that central to eating is a need to subside hunger — one may otherwise eat, not merely in order to escape starvation, or be nourished and avoid ailments but rather in pursuit of the joy in eating, in all its stages The latter goes well with either… Continue reading Eating towards either godside

Personal Lexicon: “as days go by”

I find there to be a misunderstanding about the content packaged in days go by. Poetically there is a pleasing sound to it, or it may convey the sense of an unavoidable something, perhaps even wisdom. However, in the context of an individual development, days go in. Thankfully!

Simple versus Easy

In a hut / in a castleOn a shore / in the forest / on a hillAlone / with a herd — in the hut / about the hut / in the castle / around a castleTangible and intangible chores in creativity, and logic, and magicTo be, lively, in wisdom, in love, That is simpleNot… Continue reading Simple versus Easy

If there was (and is) a tree of knowledge, how vast is the nature of innocence, the realm of not knowing, and even the capacity of refusing knowledge?

Wedding after wedding we may watch brides marching, hearing the recognizable melody announcing their  entrance. Decades ago I bought my first Lohengrin recording, and it hit me to learn that Richard Wagner created that melody for Elsa and her saviour. It continues to touch me, how I, and likely many thousands of humans rejoice in… Continue reading If there was (and is) a tree of knowledge, how vast is the nature of innocence, the realm of not knowing, and even the capacity of refusing knowledge?

A Beautiful Mind

I am currently admiring such one. It lives in a body that freezes frames of a simple life — taxidermy, family in the garden, cooking, gentle and subtle singing with guitar, yoga sessions — all simplicity. Such mind can share simple signs only because it is one of deep complexity. Beauty might just be what… Continue reading A Beautiful Mind