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More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing?

The Guardian | Bernhard Warner

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Love @ the Lake cast takes a bow.
The “Love at the Lake” cast is about to take a bow during a rehearsal in the Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla Tahoe. From left, Chris Taylor, Rich Sargent, Joanie SanAgustin, Sharon Kerrigan, Matthew Ault, Tom Callahan, Andrea Rogers, director Mark D. Williams.
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Witness ‘Love at the Lake’ amid gloam at Valhalla Tahoe


They say there’s always magic in the air on Broadway – and in the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.

A musical revue, “Love at the Lake,” will be presented over two weekends at the Tallac Historic Site as part of the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. [Read More.]

Starving artists have been affected by more than just piracy and streaming royalties

By Craig Havighurst

In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve pointed at two outstanding culprits. First, it was music piracy and the futility of “competing with free.” More recently the focus has been on the seemingly miniscule payments songs generate when they’re streamed on services such as Spotify or Apple Music.

These are serious issues, and many agree that the industry and lawmakers have a lot of work to do. But at least there is dialogue and progress being made toward new models for rights and royalties in the new music economy.

Less obvious are a number of other forces and trends that have devalued music in a more pernicious way than the problems of hyper-supply and inter-industry jockeying. And by music I don’t mean the popular song formats that one sees on awards shows and hears on commercial radio. I mean music the sonic art form — imaginative, conceptual composition and improvisation rooted in harmonic and rhythmic ideas. In other words, music as it was defined and regarded four or five decades ago, when art music (incompletely but generally called “classical” and “jazz”) had a seat at the table. [Read more.]

Twenty years after his death, what do today’s generation think of the American rapper’s legacy? [Video here.]