This is always a question asked gingerly if at all. The entertainment industry has many, many points of view regarding age, depending on the genre one examines. In the pop world, the quality of a voice doesn’t always have a great deal to do with how long a singer maintains success, or acquires it. The celebrity aspect of a career in the popular music field often supersedes the actual standard of talent as the person ages. The physical image of a celebrity is typically the most important aspect. Youth is cherished, in fact worshipped. There are some amazingly talented veteran performers in popular music, who, while they might maintain a career as a recording and concert vocalist, don’t get the performance opportunities that younger performers do; they just sort of disappear. Is it because of their voice? Has it changed? Aged? Or is it that their style is out of fashion? Perhaps all of those things.[Read more…] about What is a Mature Singer!
The Joy of Making Art in A Pandemic!
So, I recently wrote a play while we were in complete lockdown. It is a story based on my life and journey as a human. It is an homage to the three women who essentially raised me. It was a joy to write this, while also painful in many ways.
I had the great joy of hearing and seeing my work as a reading, on Sunday, September 20th. After a week of socially distanced rehearsals, a workshop with three tremendous singing actors, Patty Carver, Rebecca Ellis and Val Moranto. For this play with music I had the joy of Nathaniel Baker, who wrote a beautiful score merging bluegrass style hymns and parts of the Requiem Mass. I also had the pleasure of performing in my play, A Memory of Truth? I have the great luck to have an enormous barn, which is well-fitted to performing and with large French doors that open all around, to provide an outside environment, providing safety for the audience and performers.[Read more…] about The Joy of Making Art in A Pandemic!
What Does an Artist Do, When They Aren’t Allowed to Make Art?
An artist creates, communicates and collaborates! Is an artist an artist without art? This is a question that I have been contemplating since March. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions about the importance of art and culture in our world.
In my opinion, an artist IS, regardless of what they produce, if anything. It is a way of being, a way of looking at the world, and the ability to focus an expression through a medium to show that expression.[Read more…] about What Does an Artist Do, When They Aren’t Allowed to Make Art?