I’m a tall, slender fellow with many interests, possibly too many... I love music and am a classical music singer very active in a chamber chorus. But I also love soul, funk, rock, and nearly all other genres. I’m always up for a trip to a museum, play, movie, performance...and the odd roadside attraction: went to the Serpentarium in Lodi, a sort of a store/museum for reptiles and tarantulas, highly recommended.
My chorus went to Cuba last summer, a life-changing experience, with singing, drumming and dance lessons and wonderful collaborations. I've always loved to dance and hope to continue lessons here in Cuban folklorico - quite wild and suited to my propensity towards controlled flailing.
Bookswise, I'm plowing through the Edna O'Brien biography and, on Audible, Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries. I like Twain and Don DeLillo a lot and usually read the New York Times daily but Sunday is just too much. Convince me otherwise! Fave sections are Science on Tuesday, Food on Wednesday and Arts on Friday. I also get The New Yorker and The Nation and wish I had more time for them. I'm slowly transitioning to reading everything on a tablet but resistant to giving up the shareability of physical newspapers. I'll add a poet I've been a fan of since college, John Berryman: often bleak, but powerful.
Other interests? Gardening - I have a big yard out front full of drought-tolerant plants and a reasonable-sized vegetable garden out back. I might take up canning next year because last summer my eyes were way too big for my tummy. Food: good coffee, beer, wine, and cuisines of every stripe, dining in or out. I enjoy cooking but I’m not a natural - I have to stick to the recipe. I love occasionally throwing a big party and spending the day in the kitchen.
The American Southwest is a favorite travel spot - I was just in the Tucson area among the big saguaros (sans cowboy hats) - and I’d be happy to go back to Italy or Spain. Pets: I have a little dog who is a total lover and likes to lick toes. The Dale Carnegie of dogs.
What am I like? That’s a bit harder…I like being quiet and thoughtful at times but I can also rise to life-of-the-party. My humor can be wry, sometimes off-the-wall but not generally offensive. Silly for sure – it just bubbles out. I’m a good listener, sometimes wise, sometimes too trusting – the price of not having your guard up all the time. I have a big laugh that’s pretty recognizable so I don’t need to be microchipped. I like a hike in the hills or the City but am very happy cozied up in front of the fire or TV (the 1% of watchable shows.)
I like to eat well and stay fit with vigorous dog walks in the hills and workouts in my home gym. It helps in keeping up with the young’uns on the dance floor.
I feel uncomfortable saying ‘I’ so much. Aye.
Changing lives through music. Imparting ecstasy, grief, joy.
Learning to love, a lifelong project.
My tastes can be high- or low-brow but in books and shows I tend to be more particular. Maybe for books because I'm a slow reader and hate to waste my time on fluff - although I did enjoy Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. I tend to prefer plays to Broadway shows.
Clear winter days; hot summers.
Thought, and its absence.
Whatever part of my body that can still tap its foot.
Friends and family.
The fate of this old earth.
My dog. I’m besotted.