This is legendary, this is.
Tom Waits, David Bowie and Bette Midler
Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash
This dude was great on Fresh Air.
Checked it out on Fresh Air last night and learned this crazy fact about how much we waste: The amount of plastic in the ocean (in pieces small enough to enter the food chain) is equivalent to the weight of 40 aircraft carriers.
He’s back and channeling Dylan. Great stuff!
Shadow Days music video - directed by Philip Andelman
Just writing to let you all know that I will be returning to Canada in less than 48 hours, thus ending my 3-month long adventure in Israel.
I apologize for not keeping up with my posts.. but I promise that when I am settled in at home I will continue to ‘retro-post’ the rest of my travels, as recorded in my journal.
So stay tuned and you will soon find out about my trip to Greece and all the other awesome places I visited in Israel!
Thanks for following :)
So I’m in Jerusalem now. Since I’ve decided to continue to pursue a career in opera singing, I am looking to find professionals who will agree to listen to me and give me their feedback on whether or not I have what it takes (gotta have a second opinion, right?) A girl I met in Jerusalem told me about a woman who gives voice lessons and I after I looked her up online, I found that she also works as a vocal coach for the Israeli Opera and as a teacher at the Rubin Academy of Music here in Jerusalem.
I crossed my fingers and called her up. She agreed to meet me at the Rubin Academy tomorrow to hear me sing!
Next on my list is a gentleman I met through my ex-voice teacher, who has worked in the opera world for a long time and is not a cantor at a synagogue in Tel Aviv. When I spoke to him, he said that he is very busy and asked if I would call him back in a few weeks.
Today my trip to Jerusalem was fantastic! I was a little distracted by my troublesome situation but did my best to enjoy myself.
I met with my new friend Mo and his mom Dr. Donna at the bus station. We walked down Jaffa St. and meandered along the side streets until we found a little glass-blowing workshop called Neker Glass. It was amazing. At the doorway there was an old man blowing glass and along the wall next to him were shelves, lined with a vast array of beautiful vases, perfume bottles and ornamental pieces, each piece unique from the rest. I bought a little vase as a thank you to my former hosts and we continued. Next we stopped at a place that sold olive wood products. Mo bought me a fan made of wood and we were on our way.
We continued along Jaffa St to Old Jerusalem…
January 1st, continued…
Well, my hosts just asked me to make other arrangements and informed me that voice lessons would no longer be taking place. It’s incredible how quickly someone’s opinion of you can be changed. Quite a shock.
Need to make plans for the next 6 weeks, don’t know if the budget will hold.
Yesterday (NYE) I had a very lazy day, filled with reading and a viewing of Citizen Kane. At around 7pm, I went downstairs and my hostess asked if I had any plans for the evening. Since it was Shabbat, I didn’t think the buses would be running but it turns out that after sundown, the buses start running again!
So, I decided it would be fun to go out and see how Tel Aviv rings in the New Year. I got off the bus in front of Mann Auditorium and walked down Rothschild St. looking for some excitement and a place to grab a quick dinner. The boulevard was full of young people walking and riding their bikes, some with beers in hand and most in groups. When I came to Allenby, I turned and found a little shop selling slices of delicious looking pizza.
After finding food, I started taking a more meandering route to enjoy the general feeling of celebration. I knew I wanted to end up at Mike’s Place before midnight and once I finished my pizza, I stopped and checked the map and turned myself towards the Port. Along the way, I stopped at a corner store and bought a Goldstar beer for my walk.
Finally around 11pm, I arrived at Mike’s Place.
Today I took the bus by myself into Tel Aviv for the first time! I know, I know.. kinda sad. lol
I went to meet up with a fellow named Micheal (Mo) who is friends with my buddy from Cornwall, Itamar. While I was at the bus station, I grabbed a bus pass. Hooray!
Mo and I did A LOT of walking. We went from the bus depot/train station to Yarkon Park, then walked along the ‘river’ all the way down to the Port. Following the boardwalk, we walked all the way down the Port, past the marina and turned east at the Opera Tower.
From there, Mo took me to the arts shuk, through the clothing district and up to King George. On King George, he showed me which bus to take to get me back to the bus station, then I headed back towards Givat Schmuel… my legs and feet a big aching mess. It was a great feeling to be out and about on my own!
Last night my hostess invited me out for another evening of music as a Christmas celebration. Before the performance began, we enjoyed hot cider and a delicious, tapas-style dinner at the nearby Cafe Nimrod, along with some of her friends.
The concert took the form of a piano recital for the very young (21 years old!) and very talented Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov.
My hostess invited me to join her last night for a concert featuring the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Murray Perahia as the guest pianist. In the few minutes before the concert began, we stealthily moved from the last row to the fifth row from the front. Needless to say, it wasn’t sold out.
It was the third day of Channukah, so the concert began with a small boy singing a traditional holiday song and lighting the candelabra. He had a pure, gorgeous voice which was added to by the audience and the orchestra, who sang/played along.
The theme for the evening was Beethoven and the orchestra began with…