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Learning the language

January 18, 2011

Tonight, Mitchell and I met with Vladimir Chernov to work on three of our arias that will be premiered in March in the Pacific Serenades concert series. Our vocal curriculum teaches our (English speaking) voice majors how to speak clearly in various languages: Italian, French, German, Russian… We are experiencing this process first-hand in that […]

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This from the Kansas City Star: WARENSKJOLD Dorothy Lorayne Warenskjold, 89, of Lenexa, KS, passed away, Monday, December 27, 2010, at the Lakeview Village Care Center. Dorothy was born May 11, 1921, in San Leandro, CA, the only daughter of William and Mildred (Stombs) Warenskjold. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She was […]

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On clutter

December 16, 2010

As one who, like my mother and my mother’s mother, SAVE things, I resonated with this wonderful article on the Southwest Airline Magazine as I flew home from visiting my parents. The issue of clutter and what we leave behind is very much on my mind these days. Some day, I will confess my own […]

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My paternal grandfather, Roger, Sr. was in a combo that played for silent films called “Slim Bourland and the Jazz Hounds.” My father’s sister, Sally, just sent me an old family photo album and I found a picture of him playing the piano. Like me, he learned to play by ear. This picture isn’t of […]

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A collaboration between composer Roger Bourland, librettist Mitchell Morris, and director Peter Kazaras will result in a new opera about the 19th century diva Ángela Peralta (1845-1883). Ángela Peralta will be composed over the next two years and receive a semi-staged workshop performance at UCLA in spring 2013. The cast will feature faculty and student […]

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Discovering Ian and Sylvia

September 19, 2010

I watched the first disc of three of the Hootenany show that was on TV for a year in 1963. So many memories! But much of it was brand new to me. How did I miss Ian and Sylvia? I love the intensity between the two. The couple met in 1959, got married in 1964 […]

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David Rodes introduced me to James Merrill in 1989. I was to provide a music soundtrack to a live reading of “Voices from Sandover”–a condensed version of the epic poem, “Changing Light at Sandover.” During that time, James and I became good friends, as well as his partner, Peter Hooten, who was also in the […]

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ALL THERE IS IS LOVE (1993) Music: Roger Bourland Words: Paul Monette Performers: Phil Hettema, speaker; Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Jon Bailey, conductor. Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music (Los Angeles) Paul Monette gave me permission to set an excerpt of the introduction to his collection of early poems LOVE SONGS FOR ROG, recited here […]

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An inspiration to us all. Imagine trying to live someplace this small. I don’t think it would work for families, especially one with small kids who need a certain amount of space to expend their energy. But still, for single people who don’t have or want a lot of stuff, or a retired couple who […]

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As the son who was gay and didn’t have kids to raise, I’m making some of my familial contributions by tending to our family tree. It’s not that I’m desperate to make new friends or make contact with lost relatives, I just find it a satisfying hobby. As in my previous post, I’ve assembled a […]

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