RED-E at the Ready

This new bike o’ mine is ready to ride, day or night. RED-E as in “ready to ride.”

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Travels with Charley: Finding Pearls of Great Price in Chicago

Any day at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is a good day, especially yesterday when we were there with Arthur and Joe to see The Pearl Fishers.

(Chicago, Illinois) For our latest adventures with our opera-savvy friends,Arthur Anderson and Joe Rochetto, we motored Thursday into the Windy City to attend a dress rehearsal of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Georges Bizet’s opera in three acts in French, Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), featuring Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, Matthew Polenzani as Nadir and Marina Rebeka as Leïla.  This has become something of an annual tradition as we first went to a dress rehearsal at the Lyric last year with Arthur and Joe when we saw Norma.  Now we have two under our belts, and we are ready for more, especially after the great walks we took before and after the opera, especially along the Chicago Riverwalk.  Oh, and our operatic army indeed traveled on its stomach, with an authentic Italian feast at Eataly north of the river.  Yes, there was room for chocolate after dinner.

In our case it was a case of an Italian taking us home to Michigan after a grand day at the opera in Chicago.

A walk along the riverside in Chicago on the Chicago Riverwalk. What a day!

Leaving the Lyric is such sweet sorrow.

Next time we might take the Chicago Watertaxi. But all the way from Michigan? Hmmm.

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Magical City

A magical moment along Chicago’s Riverwalk on Thursday evening after the opera.

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Reflective Mood

(Harbert, Michigan) Stopping by a pond on a cloudy evening in November and reflecting on the reflection is my idea of a good time in the ‘hood.

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Times Square?

Times Square in New York City? No, Silly, Times Square in Detroit, Michigan. Much, much more on Motown soon. Stay tuned.

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Ivy Frost

The frost was on the ivy yesterday. Today, not so much. Oh, and wouldn’t Ivy Frost be a great name for the lead character in a spy novel? Yours for the taking.

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The Clarinet IS Enough!!!

Bill King (left) got me back in tune with the clarinet right in our living room.

So, before I introduce this next tune, an Etude by Kuffner from William Eisenhauer’s book of Clarinet Duets, I have to tell you that I was told this past summer by a music teacher that, “the clarinet is not enough” for an evening’s entertainment. Well, excuse me, because the clarinet, in my humble opinion, is quite enough for an evening’s worth of entertainment.  Anyway, I’ve been working on Kuffner’s snappy little Etude with my partner in clarineting, Meg Dawson, and perhaps by the middle of next week we’ll be able to present this piece as it is meant to be presented—with two clarinets, one playing the melody and the other the harmony.  For now, please bear with me as I play the melody, with a few unintended but graceful grace notes:

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