Passion and Puccini, Mimi and Rodolfo, Musetta and Marcello! Tonight, the 29th in my year of daily doing some new thing, my friend Alice invited me to an event I did not know existed: the annual staging of an opera by McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Tonight’s cast brought me to tears. I think I enjoyed it more than seeing a fully-fledged production of singers in their prime, because these students were poignant as raindrops and bright as flames, both physically and emotionally. To be in the audience was to immerse oneself in their current of lithe energy. La Boheme was played with full orchestra and a set evoking the poetic mystery of Henri Murget’s 1851 book, Scenes de la Vie de Boheme. Here is my little painting of the umbrella and baguette “swords” from the mock duel in Act IV.
Thank you, tj - the gym is going well - I decided to go twice a week instead of three times. I have to make my goals realistic for me. I'll be doing the new tai chi class on a third day, and I'll swim after the workouts. I'm realizing this newness project has me living a lot more inside my body instead of in my head. I think it's going to have great repercussions for my writing life. Thanks for asking - how are you?