The films of Ken Burns take an America as their subject that resists, as the man himself says, the bold-faced way we look at culture. In a world where it seems all the information is available, it takes discipline and a steady hand to handle honestly a history that in the midst of so many…
“I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. YOU get better. You think it’s easy? I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke — but you do it. And you do it because we love it more than anything else. You want a real job, honey? There are a million things you can do, but what we do is not a job. What we do is a calling, we make people happy.”— Joan Rivers on Louis C.K.
Many people I talk to have what they consider to be a boring job, but they also have a passion of some kind, whether it’s singing, comedy, making movies, dance, entrepreneurship, or whatever. At the same time, they’ll tell me that they want to pursue their other passion, but they don’t have time to do so. I would have to disagree.
The average American watches over 30 hours of television a week. Also, on Friday night, there’s tremendous societal pressure to go out and party and drink, because that’s what everyone else is doing. Then they are hung over Saturday, and not really able to do anything worthwhile, then they rinse and repeat Saturday night and then they are hung over Sunday, and barely struggle in to work Monday morning.
If they could cut out the television, the partying, and the drinking, well, I’ve just found them 60 hours a week!
We’re seeking a super intern for the fall semester! Learn what it takes to be part of a growing, dynamic music ensemble. Because NCP is a boutique organization, our intern will do more than simply go on coffee runs and Tweet. The NCP intern (yes intern, singular…we only work with one!) will be a valuable part of our team. The deadline to apply is August 18. Find out more about what we’re looking for here.
On my second day in the new town, I went to Best Buy to buy a telephone. In the store, I asked a salesperson, “Do you have old fashioned telephones as opposed to cellular phones?” He knew exactly what I meant and pointed me in the right direction.
We applied to NYSCA for the first time and even got our application in a day early before it was officially due! It was an intense, grueling process and we’re celebrating with a Dirty NYSCAtini. Here’s the recipe, brought to you by our clarinetist Isabel Kim. Photo by Glenn Cornett.
-2 1/2 shots of gin -1/8 shot of extra dry vermouth -½ shot of sweat and tears (proportions vary depending on individual)
1. Submit your NYSCA application. 2. Sigh in relief and say, “I need a drink.” 3. No need to shower. Stay in your sweatpants. Combine all ingredients and shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. 4. Add more sweat/tears to taste if you like it extra dirty. 5. Garnish with olives or squeeze out a few more tears if you can.