Monthly Archives: October 2011

daily kaddish: for Arne Sigurd Holto Haugen

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Ruth told me about the grief that entered her life this spring when first her partner Jon’s best friend since childhood—and later an important friend of Ruth’s—had been killed in a car accident in Norway, where he lived. While Ruth and Jon were still reeling from that, the horrible shootings took place outside Oslo.
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daily kaddish: rituals backstage—a kaddish for cynicism

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Live performance together is a privilege for us performers. Don’t let anyone’s exhausted cynicism about the indeed-challenging business of the performing arts tell you otherwise. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Bradley’s mom

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My friend Bradley lost her mom this spring, and today she shared a touching picture of her mom on Facebook. I was thinking about her tonight while recording the daily kaddish. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Isabel

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I can’t get my Isabel out of my mind. She died so young. Maria, your family is in my thoughts. Continue reading

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like an addiction, it’s hard to stop—

I can’t quite take the pictures down. Can’t quite stop staring at them. Can’t call it an altar exactly, but I know others do. Others have. And others will.  How do we stop mourning and put the pictures away? And … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for isabel

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Today’s Kaddish is for my friend Maria’s daughter, Isabel, who died on Tuesday. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: backstage

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Another workaday “Kaddish” from backstage at the dance theater. You’ll hear some dancers discussing how it sounds like the beginning of the “Rite of Spring” near the beginning of the recording. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for Sheila Synder

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I guess it’s appropriate that this is a real “workman’s kaddish”—nothing fancy or great, just another day on the job with a horn player—because it’s a Kaddish for a former colleague of mine, Sheila Snyder. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: from the dressing room

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Today’s “Kaddish” recording is the first in a series made in the dressing room before our rehearsals and performances—a slice of life backstage. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: from the floor of Space Place

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Today’s kaddish is an excerpt recorded on the floor at Space Place, the University of Iowa Dance Department’s theater. Continue reading

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