Ed Sheeran and Mikill Pane’s “Little Lady” and Teen Sex Trafficking

[TW: teen sex trafficking.] I’ve loved Ed Sheeran’s “A Team” since I first heard it: It was one of the first songs I plugged into one of the internet’s many magical infinite-loop players–apparently people other than me like listening to songs until they can hear the cracks between the notes–but I never saw it as […]

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Slavery in French (Using French Art Song to Discuss Human Trafficking)

I’m finishing up my Music minor in Opera this semester, and my last class is “French Literature and Repertoire.” The final project for my class is to create a program of French art songs on a theme. I chose pieces about slavery and captivity to examine human trafficking. I’ve embedded the entire program into my projects […]

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Memorial.

I can’t stop listening to “Someone Like You” by Adele: It’s not that I don’t know dozens of more appropriate songs, sad songs, memorial songs. I’m an opera singer: I can mourn in half a dozen languages. But I can’t get to my emotions about my grandfather’s death two weeks ago straight on. I need […]

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