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Sam Chardin

  • My life as a weirdo

    Choir music is designed for the masses. The usual SATB music is chosen to fit a typical vocal range and allow for a blend of nice voices into a whole that is…

  • Boys & genetic destiny

    I grew up in a talented family that holds the idea that talent runs in a family as a form of destiny. My grandfather, Roger, was a cold person. He didn’t like…

  • A photo in Venice

    I was poking through archived photos from my travels in Europe and came across one of the best candid shots — on the grand canal headed to my hostel on a sunny…

  • Hunting, fur, & pets

    We had a traditional relationship with animals. We had many pets we adored living alongside our fur coats and hunting trophies. It’s a bit odd from our more modern perspective, but it…

  • The primer for classical singing

    It’s almost like a totem. When an individual has signaled their readiness to become a classical singer a teacher will lead them one of these Schirmer books. [A slew of singers just…

  • Secrets of Southampton

    I’ve told you before how I am a sort of time traveler, inhabiting worlds and activities from a bygone era. This is a common pastime of the very wealthy; they want to…

  • Malaga & Morocco

    Growing up with stories of globe-trotting family inspired me to do my own traveling. Occasionally, I would walk in their footsteps. My grandmother, Helene, re-married in 1950 and she and her new…

  • Helene looking posh

    My grandmother, Helene, in a studio-style portrait with the family dog. In the time before Owen Mills and malls, we still found a way to torture our adorable children. This was taken…