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Roasted high notes

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Olim Lacus from Carmina Burana : Carl Orff, Tenor Jeff Prillaman

Had a great performance with the Waynesboro Schola Cantorum few weeks ago. The link below will play a pretty good archival recording from my field recorder that Tracee held in the audience.

Gotta love the roasting swan and those crazy high notes..
Happy Thanksgiving!

jeff

Short List 2009

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I am thankful for:
Grace and Love that passes all understanding.
My beautiful and exceptional wife. Tracee
Wonderful children. Alyssa, Emma, Joshua, and Clara
Freedom to live and choose.
A chance to make a difference for others.
My education and skills and the mentorship of so many who have come before me.
Blessing of Music in my life.
So many friends and family members all over the world.

Break Dancing - Va tenor style.

Illusion of expertise is dangerous.

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Image is by Tim Heitz. Check his blog out for more excellent art work.Read a great blog post from Seth's Blog that resonates on many levels. The old saying is "I know just enough to be dangerous".. perhaps that is true and the danger is ever increasing in an age of information.  We must learn to filter and understand who we are and what we know. We need a support community around us made up of experts, service providers, colleagues, and friends. We must use common sense, and not be afraid to ask for help from others. Are too many becoming "Amateur Scientists" these days, maybe even a bit of mad scientists? MY 2 cents:  You don't have to be an expert. You just have to be "good enough" and maintain the ability to rely on and communicate with real experts. Don't spend so much energy trying to justify(talking to myself here) just state what you think and move on. On the other side, we should spend time thinking about what we think and why.... That…

What is your ex"change" rate?

We can embrace change by exchanging trust and accountability with our colleagues, family, and even friends.  Today isn't as well formed as my normal posts, but I have been addicted to Twitter lately, so it is starting to invade my thinking and force more compact statements which sometimes connect but not always.  In my mind these ideas all flow. 

Every day remains an opportunity.  The more I say this, which I do a lot, the more I think it sums of an attitude of accepting and dealing with a constant state of change. This is a reality in our world.  I add the point that to survive in a constant state of change, requires a constant exchange of trust, collaboration, and cooperation rather than competition. Constant change is hard and requires a mature perspective which I may never achieve but each day is an opportunity to try harder to change.

Change is an impact of growth, but it can also be a leading indicator of dysfunctional system. Discernment in this space is tricky …