Monday, July 25, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Preview Edition

 Skip to about 2:15.  This was the "trailer" they showed in April at the "Elektra" HD that made me sit up and say "OH MY GOD" out loud.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Except Its Tuesday Edition

Please, just feed me all the chocolate.  Sigh.


We do love our Marschallins in red, don't we!

Catherine Carby and Cheryl Barker.  I don't know them but it doesn't really matter?  I believe it's from this production.  Key quote:  "It's hard to imagine anyone abandoning such a Marschallin."

Well, that's what I keep saying! #IChooseTheMarschallin

Monday, July 11, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Is it Monday? Edition

Is it Monday?  Sigh.

Basically, I want beauty, but the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy AKA Baron Ochs won't STFU and get out already.  So, I'm working on that. Hard.  I do wish more Marschallins were involved but -- true story -- a baritone in a regional production of Tosca playing Scarpia reached out to see how he could help the cause.  I kid you not.  Scarpia in the service of justice?  Yes please!



 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Jazzy Love Song Edition


I don't know about you, but I totally imagine the Marschallin singing this to me in the middle of the night.  Don't you?  #IChooseTheMarschallin


Monday, June 27, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Swooning Edition

So yes, I've posted this photo before, and I do so again with good reason!



Guess who has tickets to this production, the day before her birthday, 2017?  That would be ME.  Saved up some birthday money (my parents are amazing and are now responsible for me seeing Renee Fleming live, singing Strauss, TWICE) and I'm SO EXCITED.  This will also be our first Met experience.  I'll just be here swooning from now until then.  So excited.  SO EXCITED.

SO EXCITED.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Farmyard Edition

It's not all about the fancy gowns, you know.  I love a Marschallin who's willing to get her hands dirty.


 The only thing that would make this better would be if it were goats instead of cows.  What better way to ease the heartache of stupid choices of young Octavians?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introduction

 

Friends, I'm really proud to introduce to you my new website, FierceRev Remedies, where I'll be writing about herbalism, freedom movement work, and where those intersect for me.  This is an outgrowth of my vocational journey these last couple of years, including herbal studies, deepening pastoral justice work, farmwork, vocational discernment, and the project of healing and reclaiming my voice.

My first post is about my first herbal love.

I’ve been drinking herbal  infusion teas almost every day since then, and have felt the herbs’ slow, deep, transformational work in my being.  But Rose was the first, the first to teach me that the herbs so want to help us heal, help us be fierce for the work of liberation, help us love on this earth and its creatures and each other.  Rose was the first who made me feel I might be a healer, along with being a pastor and an activist.
Towanda's Window isn't going anywhere!  (Although I may shift it to WordPress because Blogger is getting annoying). I'll still post more personal reflections (and white shirt fangirling!) here.

Maybe I'll write more about this sometime, but I went through a time where somebody worked *really* hard to silence my voice.  That person almost succeeded.  You can see that reflected in this blog by how my personal writing goes from fairly prolific to veryvery quiet, almost non-existent, as this person influenced my life (you can see that same prolific/outspoken to silent pattern in my personal Facebook posts as well).  Maybe you noticed, if you've been reading here a long time. 

Long story short:  thank God I walked away from that!  I'm so thankful for my cielo, my friends, my church, my healers, all of whom have walked through this with me and loved on me hard.  The journey to healing has been deep, and long, at least long as it feels to me, which I guess what I want to really say is that you don't just recover from that, heal from that overnight.  I've gradually come to write more here -- that tri-partite Carol posting was a huge step! -- and now this new website feels enormous and important as I continue to heal.

I have stuff to say, y'all.  And there is stuff that wants to be said through me.  So, thanks for being here, and I hope you'll join me at my other hangout too.  Peace.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Marschallin Monday: Ja Ja

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I was trying to read a detailed synopsis with annotated thematic references (in this book) while flying to New Jersey today, which was amazingly fascinating (the reading, not the flying).  Until we hit nasty turbulence that made it impossible to do anything but try to breathe and not, well, you know.

So I breathed deeply, hummed overture/Act 1 opening scene themes in my head, because that's as far as I had gotten (which isn't really a bad place to pause...) and thought of this.

Travel messes with my perception of time (die Zeit, die ist ein Sonderbar ding...) and I think it's already Monday, even though it's late Sunday night, and so I'm posting this early.  At any rate I'm at a conference all week so what not have a little early Marschallin?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Marschallin Monday

Back again with Joyce DiDonato and her Marschallin, Anne Schwanewilms.  Joyce looks like she's having fun, no?

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Turning Tables

Every time I hear this song I want to send it to the very ex-friend *who needed it most* the day I walked, but refrain because if I never see them again it would be too soon.  So there.

Next time, I'll be braver, I'll be my own savior (and already am).



(somewhere deep inside me, on good days, I hope this person is finding their way to healing. I do.  But this human place in me is just as real.)




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tierra de Olvido

This is beautiful. I was crying by the end.  Humans can be capable of such goodness, it can be hard to remember.  This helped me to remember.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Marschallin Monday

Though this one is really about the mezzo.  Also, again with the red. Also, exquisite white-shirt-ness.


Worth clicking on to enlarge.

Joyce Didonato as Octavian, Anne Schwanewilms as the Marschallin.  La Scala, 2011, via Joyce's Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Marschallin Monday on Tuesday

I was traveling yesterday, but the Marschallin is never far from my heart. Here are a few clips from the Met HD broadcast in 2010 that started it all for me.  Fleming, Graham, Schafer.



Giggling women in bed behind Placido, overture, and opening scene:



I remember so clearly:  Wait, what?  There are WOMEN IN BED TOGETHER ON MY SCREEN.  How is this happening?  Also:  Renee Fleming captures my heart.

Are there any men in this?  Don't care.



The infamous trio made me weep: 


How can anything be so beautiful, so full of yearning and grief and joy?

Also:  Marschallin, dearest, I'm happy to offer you some comfort.

And also:  I maintain that Octavian is a fool. #ChooseTheMarschallin

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marschallin Monday



My third Marschallin Monday post, and there seems to be a common theme arising:  RED.


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Renee Fleming in red? Works for me.  Here's the end of that act (Act 1), which to me has to be one of the most exquisite things ever written:



And in looking for that, I discovered this new promo video for the upcoming Rosenkavalier at the Met in 2017.



I could do without the "it's tricky playing a woman playing a boy" trope but my I'm looking forward to this.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Marschallin Monday

A new feature here at the Window:  Marschallin Mondays! 

To wit:
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Magdalena Kožená & Anja Harteros Photo: © Monika Rittershaus   
I am here all day for the Marschallin in red.

Photo from this post about the production.  Hunted for YouTube clips but came up empty.