Category: This & That

The Atheist Hymnal – Vol. 1

Like most hymns, you can get the jist and save a lot of congregational mumbling by singing only verses 1,2 & 5 but overall, it’s not a bad effort. From Molly Sheridan at Mind The Gap.

Sunday Playlist

1. Daniel Hope Air: A Baroque Journey Deutsche Grammophon 2009 2. Caroline Goulding [self-titled] Telarc 2009 3. Quatour Diotima George Onslow String Quartets Naive 2009 4. René Pape Gods, Kings & Demons mit Staatskapelle Dresden & Sebastian Weigle Deutsche Grammophon…

Babysitters’ Club: Upper East Side Division

This just in from Daniel Wakin, arts reporter for the New York Times: “….the Philharmonic quietly resubmitted its application [to visit Cuba], this time adding a children’s concert and Kidzone beforehand and stating that the patrons would be involved in…

Catch Up

Miss Mussel hasn’t written much of substance here lately because she has been moonlighting elsewhere. Mostly for the Los Angeles Times but also the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star. The OM was launched just over three years ago as…

Blocked You

One of the more amusing parodies Miss Mussel has spotted on the Intertubes lately: If you haven’t heard the original song, it’s worth giving it a listen first. Don’t let the title put you off – it’s unrequited love at…

Three

[Photo credit: Leo Reynolds] Sometime during the last 6 weeks or so, The OM turned three. What a ride it’s been.

Backbeat

What is it about one TWO three FOUR that’s so appealing? Does it matter that we know emphasis is usually on 1 and 3 or is this construction now so common, it has become its own independent thing?

Kermits Under Pressure

One of the many delights awaiting browsers of the Intertube Records site. Would the video be less interesting if he wasn’t homeless?

Catch-22

“What is the grandmother of punk doing at the opera?” If opera is for everyone why are we so surprised when people who don’t fit the received idea of “opera goer” turn up? By emphasizing the contrast, we reinforced the…

Edicson Ruiz – Koussevitzky Concerto

Here’s bassist Edicson Ruiz playing the Koussevitzky concerto for double bass with Le Dude conducting. Ruiz is also a product of El Sistema and became a full member of the Berliner Philharmoniker 7 years ago, aged 18. Musically, the concerto…

The OM New York Tour

MISS MUSSEL IS COMING TO NEW YORK!!!! Tour dates: First two weeks of October. She is very excited about this. Obviously [!] On the agenda so far are Alex Ross’ New Yorker Festival lecture, a couple evenings at Le Met,…

Jackie Evancho Redux

This past month, Miss Mussel has been following the progress of 10-year old singer Jackie Evancho on America’s Got Talent for the LA Times. Jackie has made it to the finals and on Tuesday will be singing for $1 million…

Worst First Date Dinners

“It’s impossible to look graceful or composed when eating an orange. ” tweeted JournoDave. Although JamesRhodes insists the fruit doesn’t interfere with his ability to bring the sexy, Miss Mussel feels safe in posturing that for us mere mortals JournoDave…

Could Foxes Give Pensioners Cancer?

The other day Miss Mussel had occasion to read the Toronto Sun, a redtop tabloid. After thumbing through pages of alarmist headlines, thoughtless opinion pieces and adverts for discount flat screen televisions, she was at a loss to remember even…

Standers, Miss Mussel Needs You

Miss Mussel is writing a piece about standing room culture and needs to chat with some regulars from opera houses around the world about what it’s like. You can leave good/bad experiences and tips for new standers/things you’d wished you…