Becoming Visible: a performer learning how to see himself

By Nathan BirdOriginally published August 24, 2019, for patrons. The necklace of fake pearls is donned.  The white gloves have been put on.  It’s a toss-up whether ice cream scoopers or wooden spoons make the best microphones for 2-year-olds’ shows.  It matters not whether the stage is a little step stool or upturned Rubbermaid.  My…

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It’s been a long, long time.

Seventy-five years ago today. On August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered and World War II was finally over.  The troops would be coming home! “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”– was a 1945 hit that sings the perspective of someone welcoming home a soldier. The war wasn’t even officially over yet when Bing Crosby made his…

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Give us this day our daily bread.

Listen while you read The Albert Hay Malotte setting of “The Lord’s Prayer” is probably not one you would expect to fall under the theme of “State Fair.”  It’s not from a fun musical or even based on a folk song with strong cultural roots. It works, though, and we’ll tell you why. Something unique…

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