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Sunday, October 24, 2004

My husband, Mike, has written neo-baroque music for the past 30 years. That is, he writes music in the style of Western Europe from 1600 to 1750 A.D. You can listen to his music at the following sites:

Classical Music Archives

Download.com

His publisher is Cantica Nova


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I have a huge collection of operas on tape, and am trying to make it through the whole collection in the next year. Over the past few nights, I've been watching Verdi's Otello (1995, Metropolitan Opera). I've seen other productions, and I don't think I've ever heard a better Otello, Desdemona or Iago than Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and James Morris. The Metropolitan Opera orchestra is, as usual, the finest orchestra in the world.
I've also re-viewed the Otello with Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni and Peter Glossop (Berlin Philharmonic) and Placido Domingo, Kiri te Kanawa and Sergei Leiferkus (Royal Opera House) and they just can't compete.

Monday, October 18, 2004

The best book I've read so far this year: Atonement by Ian McEwan.

Monday, October 11, 2004

In the past few weeks, I have laughed myself silly over Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, both by David Sedaris.

Friday, October 01, 2004

As a Beaverton High School Marching Ensemble band mom, I'll be spending three of the next six Saturdays watching my trumpet-playing son and 129 other members perform at three competitions in Oregon through the Northwest Marching Band Circuit.
Oct. 2 is the Sunset Classic in Hillsboro.
Oct. 16 is the McKenzie Classic in Vancouver.
Nov. 6 is the University of Oregon Festival of Bands in Eugene.

What will I be reading when I'm not watching? "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."

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