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first rehearsal

I'm back in rehearsals...haven't done music direction for a show in quite a while.  I'm going to try to keep up with posting our progress here.  We'll see how I do with that.

It's a new musical...actually, more of a song cycle than a musical.  Nineteen songs, two reprises, and no dialogue.  It's called Fugitive Songs, and has a cast of three men and two women.  We have a great cast...one of the best I've ever had the chance to work with.  All strong singers.  Just got the music last week, and we're still waiting for one more song.  We plowed through the opening and closing songs tonight.  Lots of dissonance in the voice parts, and not an especially helpful piano accompaniment to support them as they learn their parts.  It's a fun score...pop, rock, gospel, etc., and some fun lyrics about dead-end jobs, bad situations, running away and growing up...and Patty Hearst. 

Now we need to find musicians...guitar, bass and drums. It would be nice if the guitar player could double on violin...but that's a pipe dream, I'm sure.  We open in three and a half weeks.  If we're going to learn all these songs, they're going to have to come together faster than the two tonight did, and the musicians are going to have to be good...but I'm not complaining...we jumped in over our heads tonight, and made good progress.  Solos and duets will come together much easier.

Missouri ballot issues


CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1

[Proposed by the 94th General Assembly (First Regular Session) HJR 7]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to add a statement that English shall be the language of all governmental meetings at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy is formulated whether conducted in person or by communication equipment including conference calls, video conferences, or Internet chat or message board?

It is estimated this proposal will have no costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to add a statement that English shall be the language of all governmental meetings at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy is formulated. This includes meetings conducted in person or by other means of communication including conference calls, video conference, Internet chat, or Internet message board.

A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to add a statement that English shall be the language of all governmental meetings at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy is formulated.

This proposition will have no impact on taxes.



CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 4
[Proposed by the 94th General Assembly (Second Regular Session) SJR 45]

Official Ballot Title:

 

  • limiting availability of grants and loans to public water and sewer districts only;
  • removing the cap on available funding and existing restrictions on disbursements;
  • requiring loan repayments to be used only for stormwater control projects?

It is estimated the cost to state governmental entities is $0 to $236,000 annually. It is estimated state governmental entities will save approximately $7,500 for each bond issuance. It is estimated local governmental entities participating in this program may experience savings, however the amount is unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to change the provisions relating to the financing of stormwater control projects. Currently, the Missouri Constitution allows the legislature to issue bonds or other types of debt so that grants and loans may be provided to municipalities and water and sewer districts in certain counties and cities for stormwater control.

This amendment will limit funding to only public water and sewer districts. It removes the current limitation on the amount of funds that can be made available for these projects and removes the restrictions on the method of disbursing these funds. It further provides that loan repayment funds shall be deposited into a specific fund to be used for stormwater control projects.

A "no" vote will not change the provisions relating to the financing of stormwater control projects.

If passed, this measure will not have an impact on taxes.

 

PROPOSITION A
[Proposed by Initiative Petition]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • repeal the current individual maximum loss limit for gambling;
  • prohibit any future loss limits;
  • require identification to enter the gambling area only if necessary to establish that an individual is at least 21 years old;
  • restrict the number of casinos to those already built or being built;
  • increase the casino gambling tax from 20% to 21%;
  • create a new specific education fund from gambling tax proceeds generated as a result of this measure called the "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Improvement Fund"; and
  • require annual audits of this new fund?

State governmental entities will receive an estimated $105.1 to $130.0 million annually for elementary and secondary education, and $5.0 to $7.0 million annually for higher education, early childhood development, veterans, and other programs. Local governmental entities receiving gambling boat tax and fee revenues will receive an estimated $18.1 to $19.0 million annually.

Fair Ballot Language:

 

  • repeal the current individual maximum loss limit for gambling;
    prohibit any future loss limits;
  • require identification to enter the gambling area only if necessary to establish that an individual is at least 21 years old;
  • restrict the number of casinos to those already built or being built;
  • increase the casino gambling tax from 20% to 21%;
  • create a new specific education fund from gambling tax proceeds generated as a result of this measure called the "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Improvement Fund"; and

  • require annual audits of this new fund.

A "no" vote will maintain the current individual maximum loss limit of five hundred dollars for each gambling excursion. The casino gambling tax will not be increased nor will the "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Improvement Fund" be created. Also, the number of new casinos that may be built in Missouri will not be restricted.

If passed, this measure will increase the casino gambling tax.

 

PROPOSITION B
[Proposed by Initiative Petition]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri law be amended to enable the elderly and Missourians with disabilities to continue living independently in their homes by creating the Missouri Quality Homecare Council to ensure the availability of quality home care services under the Medicaid program by recruiting, training, and stabilizing the home care workforce?

The exact cost of this proposal to state governmental entities is unknown, but is estimated to exceed $510,560 annually. Additional costs for training are possible. Matching federal funds, if available, could reduce state costs. It is estimated there would be no costs or savings to local governmental entities.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend Missouri law to enable the elderly and Missourians with disabilities to continue living independently in their homes by creating the Missouri Quality Homecare Council. If formed, this Council will ensure the availability of quality home care services under the Medicaid program by recruiting, training, and stabilizing the home care workforce.

A "no" vote means the Missouri Quality Homecare Council will not be created.

This measure will have no impact on taxes.

 

PROPOSITION C
[Proposed by Initiative Petition]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri law be amended to require investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and hydropower with the renewable energy sources equaling at least 2% of retail sales by 2011 increasing incrementally to at least 15% by 2021, including at least 2% from solar energy; and restricting to no more than 1% any rate increase to consumers for this renewable energy?

The estimated direct cost to state governmental entities is $395,183. It is estimated there are no direct costs or savings to local governmental entities. However, indirect costs may be incurred by state and local governmental entities if the proposal results in increased electricity retail rates.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend Missouri law to require investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass (including ethanol) and hydropower. The required renewable energy sources must equal the following percentages of retail sales:

  • 2% by 2011
  • 5% by 2014
  • 10% by 2018
  • 15% by 2021.

Of the total renewable energy sources required to be sold, at least 2% shall be solar sources. Also, any rate increase to consumers resulting from this measure must be no more than 1%.

A "no" vote will not require Missouri's investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy sources.

This measure will not have an impact on taxes.

Strange Opera Man

I'm posting this for reference, so that I can find it later when I have time to watch the entire thing.



Seven Lives Many Faces


Enigma 7 is out.  SEVEN.  I had to go back and count them to be sure Cretu didn't skip one:

MCMXC A.D. - 1990
The Cross of Changes - 1994
Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi - 1996
The Screen Behind the Mirror - 2000
Voyageur - 2003
A Posteriori - 2006
Seven Lives Many Faces - 2008

Five and six were ok, but didn't hold my attention as the first four did...I really can't even remember even a single track off them.  I guess that's why I was surprised we were at seven already.

So far, it sounds like all the trademark Enigma sounds are here...the horns in the opening over swirling pads (you can always identify an Enigma album by the opening track), the hip hop beats, the ever-expanding role of vocals (with Andru and Ruth-Ann returning).  There are more violins in this one, replacing the synth pads...makes it more of a classical mashup sound...I approve.  Sounds like some sitar, too, and even some samples from past albums.  Most of the tracks here feel like they could fit on one of the past albums...even all the way back to number 1.  Looks like the lyrics are about love, sex, peace and saving the planet.  A few are not in English, so I'll need to track down some translations...they're not translated in the booklet...a good reminder that this is international music, and not pandering to an American audience, as much of the music out there is.

As usual, this one is going to have to grow on me for a while...I think I need to get it on my ipod imposter and listen to it outdoors...

Candy Man

Christina strikes again.  I love this.


I'm voting Republican.

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Today.  

Vote early, vote often.   :-)

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Shudder to Think

I think I'm pretty predictable in most areas of my life.  But then there's music...

I adore this song...which surprises even me.   And it's not just the one song...I have a couple of their CDs, and like a lot of their stuff.  Today I thought of them, did a search, and found this on youtube.  And there I see in the comments that they are back together and doing a tour this fall.

So now I'm making plans to go to their Chicago show.  Free ticket for anyone who wants to go along.   :-)

This makes me think back on the other events I've attended in Chicago, and how incredibly happy I am that I was able to get there for them -- Art of Noise, a Projekt festival (to see Arcanta, mostly) and the Lyric Opera's production of Susanna (See?  Complex. Unpredictable.)  

I'll plan a little better for this than I did for the Projekt show, when I flew up on Saturday morning, spent the day walking around town, went to the concert, took the night bus back to Midway, tried to sleep in the airport, and flew back early in the morning in time to be at church.  I believe I looked like the undead that morning.  I did the hotel thing for Art of Noise and the opera.  Much more comfortable.

Jun. 28th, 2008

Saw this posted on shellbell 's LJ...looks like a good reference list for my reading for the rest of my life. :-)

This makes me look like I don't read, but I really have read a lot...most of what I've read just isn't on this list. And a lot on this list I've seen in movies / on television / especially on masterpiece theatre.

Here it is:


"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 

 
Yes, I've read "Jude the Obscure"...how much of a freak am I?  :-)
 

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