A brilliant recital at the San Diego Opera.

The San Diego Opera has performances scheduled for April and May 2016. Madama Butterfly and Great Scott.
The San Diego Opera has performances scheduled for April and May 2016: Madama Butterfly and Great Scott.

Yesterday evening I attended a recital by Ferruccio Furlanetto at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. The concert was a collaboration between the San Diego Opera and the San Diego Symphony.

Simply: it was a powerful and deeply moving experience. The combination of a full symphony orchestra and one of the world’s great opera stars stirred my soul and mind in a way that very, very few things can–not unlike the world’s greatest literature or poetry.

Both the quiet moments and the thunder seemed the very elements of human life, but exquisitely condensed, made poignant. During the diverse program, Ferruccio’s voice rose through the hall with sadness, memory and yearning. It was a performance that lifted me as I listened, and as I watched.

And I didn’t understand most of the words that he sang!

A voice that can express high passion with minute subtlety is a rare thing, indeed. Ferruccio was brilliant, and now I want to experience more of the opera.

It was a shame that I saw very few youthful faces in the audience. I suppose the opera is a medium that relies largely on reverence to tradition. But the opera could easily speak to modern, younger audiences. Much of human experience is universal. We all have those same feelings that are expressed in the opera: the same passions and tensions that result from human interaction. I challenge writers and composers to renew the opera and make it less stuffy, less repetitive, less beholden to the past. Our present world is full of great issues and movements. Make these part of a living art, one that moves boldly and experimentally forward into the future.

Because art is ultimately about life. Our lives.

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Wisconsin Badgers fans go wild in San Diego!

Wisconsin Badgers fans go wild! Passion runs amok at the base of the Unconditional Surrender statue near the USS Midway Museum.
Wisconsin Badgers fans go wild! Passion runs amok at the base of the Unconditional Surrender statue near the USS Midway Museum.

In the past few days, during my walks, I’ve noticed that a dedicated army of Wisconsin Badgers (and Green Bay Packers) fans has descended upon San Diego for the 2015 Holiday Bowl. The University of Wisconsin–Madison football team will be competing against USC at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday. By all accounts, it should be a great game!

Here are some random fun pics that I’ve assembled!

Wisconsin Football semi-trailer truck parked conspicuously behind the San Diego Convention Center. The years of their 14 Big Ten Championships are proudly displayed.
Wisconsin Football semi-trailer truck parked conspicuously behind the San Diego Convention Center. The years of their 14 Big Ten Championships are proudly displayed.
The red rig is almost obscured by decals dedicated to Wisconsin's numerous past bowl game appearances.
The red rig is almost obscured by decals dedicated to Wisconsin’s numerous past bowl game appearances.
Billboard on Pacific Coast Highway just north of downtown San Diego reads: JUMP AROUND AND BUCKLE DOWN. THAT'S WISCONSIN.
Billboard on Pacific Coast Highway just north of downtown San Diego reads: JUMP AROUND AND BUCKLE DOWN. THAT’S WISCONSIN.
Opposite side of the same billboard proudly reads BADGERS NEVER TAKE A HOLIDAY UNLESS IT'S FOLLOWED BY A BOWL.
Opposite side of the same billboard proudly reads: BADGERS NEVER TAKE A HOLIDAY UNLESS IT’S FOLLOWED BY A BOWL.
Alamo Flags in Seaport Village has a big University of Wisconsin banner in one window.
Alamo Flags in Seaport Village has a bold University of Wisconsin banner filling one window.
Wisconsin Badgers fans check out a street performer on San Diego's Embarcadero. What do you think of our weather?
Wisconsin Badgers fans check out a street performer on San Diego’s Embarcadero. Hey, guys–what do you think of our weather?

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Please join Bloggers Lifting Others Generously!

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I’d like to propose a new informal organization. Anyone can join. It exists in our spirit. It’s called B.L.O.G., which stands for Bloggers Lifting Others Generously.

We bloggers have amazing power. Our presence on the internet is enormous. We have significant and increasing influence in the world. Together we can make a huge positive difference.

So why not flex our muscles and use that growing influence to do good?

My proposal:

To be a self-appointed member of B.L.O.G., one must make a conscious effort to help nonprofits, charities and unselfish individuals who tirelessly work to improve our world.

Bloggers Lifting Others Generously will help these deserving folks by providing them with publicity.

From time to time–when opportunities arise–members of B.L.O.G. will publish posts about charitable efforts.  One might write a post to help publicize an organization’s food drive, or a community’s environmental cleanup, or neighborhood students trying to raise money, or a walk to find a cure…

Every member of B.L.O.G. will use the power of their passionate words to support those who work to improve our world.

Here are some examples.

Will you join me? I even made a small graphic for my blog’s sidebar! Make your own or use mine if you’d like! It’s all about a spirit of giving and doing things that are meaningful. Isn’t generosity what’s ultimately important in life, anyway?

Let’s make this world (and the internet) a better place!

Blog (and write) with passion and personality!

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I wrote a guest post! It concerns blogging (and writing) with passion and personality. You might enjoy reading it by clicking here!

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