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Of Dinner Parties and Opera Ensembles…

We didn’t have quite this many people at the party


October around my place is a month full of birthdays. In the extended family that lives nearby, there are five birthdays to be celebrated. Rather than do each separately, we usually opt for one big gathering and throw a large dinner party on a weekend convenient for just about everyone. This weekend, the festivities were held at my home. Lorna, I know your birthday is in October too and I have to say, you missed out on some really good food and some killer desserts!


The festive atmosphere filled with so many conversations bubbling at the same time, all at loud levels inspired me to write about that phenomenon of simultaneous conversations and its portrayal in Opera as ensembles. I decided to write the entry in my other blog instead of here. The teaser is here:


The other night, at a group party celebrating the birthdays of five family members within a three week period of time in October, everyone was a festive mood and excitably talking to everyone else. The sound level was high, and the conversations incredibly varied among the individuals, but in the collective, there was that distinct din of voices, unintelligible yet quite familiar to anyone who has ever encountered a crowd of people. My mind began wandering … Read More

via Random Musings About Opera


Click and enjoy!

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    October 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Quite the teaser… I DID click & I DID enjoy 🙂

    • October 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      That you enjoyed it is all that matters Noeleen. That makes me happy.

  2. October 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

    October, eh. May is the month of many birthdays in my family. We’ve gone to one big celebration, too. But we don’t do anything quite as sophisticated as the opera. Although we’ve been known to sing with gusto, regardless if anyone can understand the words–does that count? 😉

    • October 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I’ll say it counts! All of life is an opera, and if two tenors and a baritone can wail loudly for fifteen minutes while a soprano onstage is dying of some kind of consumption or heartbreak, why not us ordinary folks? Welcome back Lorna.

  3. October 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I didn’t know you had another blog Phil, I’ll have to pop over there and read this post.
    I find October to be busy month for Birthdays too, must be something about people keeping warm the january before:P
    I like pyscho thrillers too, you’re right about Silence of the lambs, such a good movie, and one of the few I can watch again and still get scared. Many of those I posted are actually pyscho thrillers/ghost story type of film…I dunno lol, About the only spooky ones I wont watch are ones which rely too heavily on blood and gore and too little on story…and acting. And I despise the recent trend in torture type horrors, like Hostel and Saw, way too disturbing for me. Big hugs, Nikki x

    • October 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

      LOL, I’m sure the cold weather is a contributing factor to all those October birthdays. I did notice your list was indeed more of the psychological thrillers kind and not the graphical blood and gore type movies.

  4. October 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I guess your family does only ONE thing during the dark cold month of january!

    (nine months prior to Oct for those who may be a bit thick!)

    • October 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Well John, I suppose if you only do one thing, you may as well do it right, and what better thing to do than, well… (ahem) that which makes one sing loudly…

  5. Androgoth
    October 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    That is definitely a lot of birthdays
    and I would imagine that you have
    been working overtime to pay for
    all those wickedly chosen gifts 🙂

    Have a brilliant weekend Phil 🙂


  6. October 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    We get hit in November. Why is it that every family seems to have one month when the birthdays line up one after another?

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