lillaski
46 Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
What I love in life:

• Music (I'm a singer and a conductor)

• My dog and cat

• Nature and the outdoors, gardening

What's important to me:

Culture (my own Swedish and Jewish, the NY sassy variety) and Urban (theater, concerts, etc)

Progressive politics, environmentalism

Intellectual and emotional connections with others.

Personal growth

Staying fit

What's fun:

Getting down to 70s funk with the girls (and those occasional guys that can boogy like we do, but you know...). Sorry, I seem incapable of dancing to the various rave styles or hip hop. I need music in my music, and some real groove.

Hot tubbing/ Hot springing

Parties with the peeps - ex burners know how to have a good time

Beach runs with the dog. We like Stinson best.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a choral conductor and teach various music subjects. It's a pinch-me job and I'll keep doing it as long as they let me.

I'm also making a documentary film about Izzy Young (the Greenwich Village folk music promoter, presenter of Dylan's first NY concert; it's getting me really into those early blues, folk musicians like Rev Gary Davis, etc.)

I do some other music stuff too - play a wineglass organ (it's pretty damn neat actually, not to toot my own horn), sing, etc.
I’m really good at
Singing really high. Listening. Massaging. Following through on ideas and projects. Honesty. Throwing dinner parties.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m petite. My eyes are two colors. People tend to think I'm about 10 years younger than I am.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Rushdie (Oh you fabulous spinner of fables!), Michael Chabon (Esp Yiddish Policemen's Union), Virginia Woolf, Annie Proulx (esp Shipping News), Confederacy of Dunces, Nabakov's Pnin, Catch-22. Currently on a Jonathan Franzen kick - just finished "The Corrections" and now "Freedom." Murakami's 84 is next. Got any good reads to suggest?

Music: Joni Mitchell, Britten, Weill, Bach, Sigur Ros, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (extra points if you were here for that), Mahler, Bartók, Reich, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Schubert, Mozart, Prokofiev, Beatles, Harry Nilsson, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, XTC, Prince, Elvis (Costello, of course), Parliament (I live in Oakland after all, P-funk!), Swedish folk music... on and on...

Theater: Angels in America and all things Kushner, Shakespeare

Movies: M, Fanny & Alexander, Synecdoche New York, Life Aquatic (and anything by Wes Anderson), Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead. I just saw Youth - totally loved it.
TV: The Prisoner, The Wire, Brideshead Revisited. Okay... I know that list is completely, well. Yeah... some of the newer series are my guilty pleasure. House of Cards. Anyone checked out Hannibal? The design alone makes it worth watching - really interesting mix of eras.

Food: Tapas, Japanese, Middle Eastern, homemade delights, seafood, etc, etc. Not much of a meat eater, but not a vegetarian either. I like to cook and can food grown in my garden. Lots of squash this summer, lots of ratatouille. I make fig chips!
The six things I could never do without
Soft things (pets, blankets)
Friends that remind me what matters
Music that transports me
Nature (preferably out of reach of civilization) and getting dirty in the garden
Culture – theater, music, literature – things that make me think, feel, and go deeper
Optimism
And a 7th... Honesty
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The state of the world and our planet, social justice, religion/overpopulation and its impact on resources, how we got here and what I can do on my end.

And of course the quandary of why the right love has been elusive. Wow... wouldn't it be great to find that rare true connection with someone who can then follow through? When it fits (which I'll admit is not a common experience for me), I'm really good at the follow through part. You?

Sometimes I think I should have moved to NYC years ago - I think I'd fit in better, somehow. But I love it here, what can I do?
On a typical Friday night I am
At a concert (sometimes my own). Making dinner with friends. Checking out a film. Or cuddling with my cat and dog. On the sofa reading or watching a film or series on Netflix.

Listening to my housemate spin 45s - 60s soul, 70s psych, 80s power pop - you get the picture. Pretty great to have your own private DJ.

Would rather be camping. Would rather be dancing.
You should message me if
There's something here you resonate with.
You're not polyamorous or politically conservative (I've tried that. Live and learn)
You're ready
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