The Tallis Scholars—a British vocal ensemble specializing in Renaissance sacred works— are currently touring in the U.S.A. and performed in New York City recently (November 16th), presenting a program of music titled “Transcending Time.” Me and Mrs. C. were fortunate enough to attend and they offered an evening of transfixing music. I don’t count myself well qualified to review this form of music—popular music in the broadest sense is what I love most and comprehend best—but I wanted at least to write down a few appreciative comments, if only for my own edification. Continue reading Tallis Scholars (at Alice Tully Hall)
Some say fifty thousand. Some say twice that number. No one questions that there are tens of thousands of owner-less dogs in an American city that once had a population of 1.8 million people and now has perhaps 700,000 human inhabitants remaining. Dogs left behind by their owners breed with others and roam the city in packs and singly, traveling empty streets and using abandoned houses as dens.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw this story and thought of these lines from William Blake, from his “Proverbs”:
A dog starved at his master’s gate
Predicts the ruin of the state
The ruin of Detroit is a reality. Whether it be a harbinger of much more of the same … well, keep an eye on your pooch. Please. Continue reading 50,000 Stray Dogs in Detroit