Happy Friday, one and all! I know that we are all looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend. In the interest of bringing a smile to your face, I thought I would share this video. Friends of the Sybaritic Singer, Kevin Clark and Jason Buckwalter, got together to bring a little levity to a strongly worded Newt Gingrich press release.
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The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich.
I’m sure that you will remember our interview series with composer fantastique, Melissa Dunphy. Her seering take on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, titled the “Gonzales Cantata,” recently sold out an entire run with American Opera Theater in Baltimore.
Both Dunphy’s work and Clark’s tongue-in-cheek video represent a new wave of young composers and their ability to not only write about the current state of affairs, but also get their music out to the public faster and more efficiently than ever before. Both composers use Twitter quite effectively to reach new audiences that might be interested in the crossing of political and musical interests. Both composers also have performances readily available on YouTube.
Singers and composers take note: this is one way to separate yourself from the pack. Write and/or sing something interesting about the current state of the world. Then, put it out there for people to find. Draw their attention to it. You never know who will show an interest in your work…
Go enjoy your holiday weekend! I’ll be studying and practicing for summer festivals that start very, very soon! More to come on that as they happen.
As a little added extra… here is John Lithgow doing a dramatic reading of the same press release:
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