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Returning to the arts

When I attended UT Martin for undergrad, I went to plays and student recitals a lot. I need to go back to doing that. It would certainly inform my art and writing. It would definitely enrich my spirit!

I am lucky to live in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s the home of Indiana University where you’ll find the Jacobs School of Music. Just look at the performance schedule for this week. Why am I not going to see things all the time?


There is culture in the community as well. My co-worker belongs to a choral group called Voces Novae. I auditioned for the group when I first moved to town. I didn’t make it because I can’t sight read. I cried, but I’m over it now.

So Voces Nova performed a commissioned work last week called Vonnegut Requiem. Here’s the story:

In 1985, Kurt Vonnegut attended the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem and was so shocked when he read the English translation, he stayed up half the night rewriting it. He referred to his new version of the Requiem as a secular humanist paraphrase of “the Council of Trent monstrosity.”

The piece was lovely, but I expected more from it. I wanted emotion but got only a little. I think the piece was somehow too safe. I’m no expert in this area, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Parking and mobility

One of the reasons I haven’t been getting out to see shows is my MS mobility issues. I knew that parking at the venue for the Vonnegut Requiem would be difficult. If I did not have a disabled parking pass, I would not have bothered to attend the show. Being able to access facilities in town and on campus is a game-changer for me. Now I can plan to attend an event without the fear that I’ll have to walk a significant distance from my car. The next step will be to convince my husband to accompany me to these types of events.

*Kurt Vonnegut is an Indiana native. Check his work out on Amazon (affiliate link).


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