I kind of love the Make Ten Things “arts and crafts” idea. Wonder if I could addapt this to music…

Wanderings in the Labyrinth

Hey, Readers. This post is sticky. It’s going to be at the top of my blog for a while, goading you into action.  If you want new material, you have to scroll down.

It’s been a while since I talked to you specifically, but I have a summertime task for you  Maybe you’ll take me up on it, maybe you won’t.  But it’s important, and I’m going to give you a chance to back out — but once you begin, forever shall it dominate your destiny.

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Gabrielle Fradet (25) was last seen at a home on County Road 7 in North Dundas Township on Friday, December 19, 2014. Police say she may frequent areas of #Kemptville and #Ottawa.
5’6″ and thin
blonde, shoulder-length hair
blue eyes
Possibly wearing blue jeans, a blue and white bomber style jacket and white boots.
If you have any information you’re asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Gabrielle Fradet is described as 5’6″ and thin, with blonde, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She was possibly wearing blue jeans, a blue and white bomber style jacket and white boots.

Eye Bags

LGBT opera blogging may be easy when it comes to the “G” in LGBT, but as far as lesbians, bisexuals and trangender folk are concerned, digging for opera news is a little harder. But thanks to singers Beth Clayton and Patricia Racette, today I have more to blog about than the next “Rosenkavalier” rerun at the local opera house.

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There’s another young woman missing in/from Ottawa, Ontario.
This message came signal-boosed on facebook and I’m passing it along:
Casandra (I have no last name to go on, but her mother is Michelle Simoneau Turner, so they may share a last name) has been missing since November 17th, 2014, and was last seen at Colonel By high school.
She answers to the name Cassie.
She has a slight build. 5’7″ and about 100lbs.
Here hair is long on one side – dyed black, but with blond roots – and is shaved on the other.

She looks caucasian. She has one piercing in her left ear (and probably a matching one in her right, though I can’t tell from the pictures).
Going by the pictures her mom provided, she tends towards black clothes with spike sand skulls.
I realize that not everyone who disappears wants to be found. But I would dearly like to know that this kid is safe and warm, whether or not she’s home.
Her mother is asking that, if you have any information, to please contact her at: 613-324-5978



Please spread the word and help if you can.

So, as seems to be an annual tradition, I sang at Unholy Harvest this year. I did another duet with my fellow-soprano friend, accompanied by her awesome GF on piano, though this time we did a Sarah McLachlan cover rather than an opera piece.
We sang “Angel”, I took the harmony part, talthough we traded back and forth on the verses. Aparently we made a lot of people cry.
Go us!😀
I know. It’s a weird thing to want to do, but moving people to tears is a big deal for me, as a singer (and as a poet, for that matter).
Granted, given the lyrics, the missing person (now found!) whom a lot of us know, the high rates of depression and suicidality amongst our people, maybe it’s not surprising that people cried.
In any case, I think it went over well.🙂
That wasn’t the only musical moment at harvest this year, though. I also had the chance to participate in a sacred desire ritual wherein we sang to raise power (like you do). It’s been a long time since I had the chance to do group ritual, and it was really wonderful to participate in this. But the way our music spiraled was pretty neat. I liked being able to contribute harmony, and then take the piec eup the octave to where it was comfortable for me to be singing it. That music went into a couple of back patches that my wife was working on, filling them up with all of our Woo and all of our connection, and I think that’s pretty important. But I also feel that that ritual, and the singing that was part of it, have taken me one step closer (it’s a long trip, don’t get me wrong) to putting myself all the way back together again. And that’s a big deal.
We’ll see if it sticks.🙂

Late last week, I posted this to a lot of my blogs (but not this one – woops). I’m taking the time to update All The Blogs on this front though, because Nyk Morrigan has been found.
She’s safe, she’s okay enough to be able to talk to people on the phone. I have no other details and I don’t need any.
Thank you to everyone who spread the word, re-blogged, and sent the Woo her way. I was so sure that her body would be pulled out of the river, and I can’t entirely express how happy and relieved I am to have been wrong about that.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
On a related note: If you would like other people to experience this kind of relief, or you want to “pay it forward” in some way, you might consider donating to the No More Stolen Sisters campagne at Amnesty International, and spreading the word when other women and girls – like Diamond Saddleback, below – go missing.

Diamond Saddleback
15 years old
Black hair, brown eyes, indiginous
5’6″, 120lbs
Scar on right cheek
Pierced nose, pierced lip
Last seen on October 7th, in Red Deer, Alberta
Wearing: jeans, white sneakers, and a black hoodie

Diamond Saddleback
15 years old
Black hair, brown eyes, indiginous
5’6″, 120lbs
Scar on right cheek
Pierced nose, pierced lip
Last seen on October 7th, in Red Deer, Alberta
Wearing: jeans, white sneakers, and a black hoodie
If you have any information that will help find her, please call:
Red Deer Police at: 403-343-5575
Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477
You can also get in touch with Crime Stoppers through their website.

So. I found this nifty piece of gender/queer music theorizing on the internet. It has been a long, loooooooooooong time (like at least a good decade) since I’ve really chewed on accademic theory, and it takes a little practice to get back into the swing of things. None the less, I wanted to yack about it here Bear with me, as this gets quite, quite long and very rambly.
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