listen out loud / move to keep things whole

I had the opportunity to go to a ballet rehearsal before a premiere. They needed singers for the rehearsal because, in the ballet, at the end, the audience sings. The dancers had never practiced dancing with a live audience, they’ve been dancing to a recording of people doing it. So there was about 8 of us there to be an audience singing.

Here were our instructions: take a breath and then sing any note you want, but then change it to a note you hear around you. Do the same thing with every new breath.

It was great, and I got to see a ballet up close and it was just as exciting and cool as you think it would be. GO if you can. You will be one of the instruments the dancers dance to! But mostly go to see an arresting and exhilarating new ballet. The performances are: 5/18, 5/23, & 6/1 at 8pm. You can get tickets here.

A book party I walked past recently. I asked who the author was and the person who answered only gave me a first name, like that would be enough to identify her. I’ve already forgotten what her first name was! That her inside, in the center, with blond hair. The gentleman outside, third from the left, gave me the nicest smile when I stopped to ask.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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