Friday, July 18, 2014

No. 334: It is not enough.

It is not enough
to SAY
"Singing is good for us"

Like we say
"Peace is good for us"

Without the possibility
of a WAY
to Voice...
to Peace.

Opera Organically is a Way to Voice
(and, in a Way, for a Singer, to Peace)

But, like Peace, we gotta choose Voice--
and know

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love,
THIS is Opera Organically.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No. 333: Awe and Wonder

If your singing voice
does not inspire
Awe and Wonder within You
You probably haven't found It yet.

Keep searching:
I believe in You.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Friday, July 11, 2014

No. 332: How to Start a Conversation With Voice

Voice is like a sweet puppy 
waiting in a corner
for us to wake up.

Most of us don't even see her:
We 'know s/he doesn't exist.'

Some of us see him, but
We've 'heard s/he's bad.'

Still others of us see a monster instead:
'Sing?! I'd rather be dead.'

But if we'd just wait...
and enjoy the Wonder
of being chosen by such a Sweet Beast

We'd want to do anything possible 
to understand It.

We'd Love It,
Come to know It...

That's when the real Magic begins.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No.331: Voice has a Quiet Dignity

Voice has a Quiet Dignity
an All-Being-ness
an All-Seeing-ness.

It's startling in It's Grounded-ness,
in It's Inherent Electric Power.


to Be in It's Presence:
the Epic Story of Humanity
Is the Quest to Be One with It.

And when S/he chuckles with gentle mirth
at our search for Her 
as S/he dances All Around
and In Us
We hear His sweet laughter 
weaving amongst the heArtbeats 
and breaths 
of Our Life's Flowing Blood.

And if We Are Lucky
before we die
We can Live Knowing
We Are S/he...
S/he Is It...

Smiling in the Dignity of Life 

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

No. 330: Are we thinking like Voice...?

I am watching the German film Hannah Arendt:
the story of the famous philosopher
and her coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem.
At a turning point in the story Hannah writes:

"Das Böse wird gemeinhin als etwas Dämonisches betrachtet,
Eichmann aber kann man beim besten Willen
keine teuflisch-dämonische Tiefe abgewinnen,
er war nur unfähig zu denken."

"Evil is commonly regarded as something demonic, 
but in the case of Eichmann
one could find no such trace of satanic 'greatness',
he was only incapable of thinking."
(my emphasis)

Another title for this post could be:

Awareness of the Great Voice Holocaust.

For with the deepest respect
for my friends, for myself, and for all of humanity
with our ties to all holocausts past and present
which steal Our Earthly Bodies

there is another
certainly related
yet far more deeply hidden
international concentration camp of the soul
which steals Voices.

It is disingenuous, surreptitious.
It creeps up on us in the dark:
It whispers "Go into hiding..."
it yells "SHUT UP"
says "don't even start..."

It draws us into an alternate reality
of definitions
pointing fingers
and stares

An unchallenged reality which sneaks into collective thought
telling us some are worth more than others
and mine...?
It must not
be worthy of Life, be worthy of BE-ing.

where Voices are silenced in the soul
so also They Are 
in the body.


And so, even in the Land of the Free
I stand, a Mother Bear, on the top of the nearest mountain and scream

Every Moment let me BE like Voice!
Let me think like Voice!
Let me LOVE like Voice!

EVEN, and ESPECIALLY, for those who have been silenced.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

No. 329: "Don't hurt yourself..."

Keep searching.
Keep searching.

Keep digging beyond the "fears"
with which our culture frames your singing.

The singing that is One
with YOU
is beyond pain
beyond hurt
beyond fear.

Don't stop singing 'til you find this Place

then keep singing 'til the Whole World 
knows IT.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.