New Orleans’ Own Opera Guy: Marshall Richards, Lyric Tenor

These are on a Youtube playlist, recordings taken via iphone from a frigid November 17, 2014, in New Orleans.

Despite a sucky iPhone camera that seems to have a lens fog issue, and wind blowing through the mic here and there even though it was pressed into the fleece arm sleeve of a jacket (the mic) on a very cold and windy day in New Orleans, this tenor just thrilled passers by who had any good sense of his amazing talent. His name is Marshall Richards, and he’ll be famous.

If I were a billionaire I’d have swept him up immediately for hire, as I also would have done to the french organists (students) playing in the Cathedral a few blocks away fresh from French conservatories in Paris. My soul thrilled at these magnificent musicians that day who enriched me deeply with their talent. I just wish I would have had my real camera gear and microphones in wind muffled protection to begin to do justice to the performances given.  My friend, a trained actor, had tears brought to his eyes with this time we spent listening (and recording).  Hearing the Italian language expressed in operatic strength and beauty really had an effect upon me, especially with this great voice and great face and personality.

I Love Colorful Harmony in Portraiture

Ron-DominicIt was my privilege to accompany Ron on an evening in Salt Lake City in autumn as his selected photographer for a photo shoot, desiring to have head shots for his modeling career, to submit to agencies.

I wanted to point out the magnificent harmony’s in Color within this photograph.  In the background, we had red and green leaves, and with the colors in Ron’s mohawk, then his skin tone, green shirt, green eyes, and black hair, we see a rich and beautiful harmony in color.

It has been my privilege to have worked with Marilyn Starr Harris on some of her projects, including the layout and design of her recently published book “Unlocking Your Beauty Code.”  Her science of color delights me.  The women and men she does makeovers on and brings their colors into harmony, really are stunning.  Marilyn would certainly find this photo to be harmonious in terms of color.

Twenty Acres of High Artistic Splendor

The Entryway to La Caille Restaurant that grabbed my attention, I had to turn around and go back to see what this place was.

I drove past this gate last week after being up the canyon on a photoshoot. I had to turn around and come back to figure out who on earth had old-world care enough to actually invest time and energy into such a beautiful entryway in our day of drab uniformity and architectural ugliness.

It is La Caille, a French Restaurant on Wasatch Boulevard in Sandy, Utah, in the Salt Lake Valley.

I perhaps had heard of the restaurant, but had never seen it, nor knew of its 20 acres of magnificence in gardens, vineyards, ponds, and beauty. This is the kind of thing that excites my creative juices and feeds my thirsting for beautiful spaces.

In June and July, a friend took me up the California coastline from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, then to the beautiful coastal redwood forrests of central California known as El Sur, then as far north as the magnificent almost fairytale city of Carmel, whose houses and gardens near the beach front are like no place I’ve seen on earth, every aspect devoted to architectural beauty and great landscape design.  I feasted and feasted on each house and yard as we drove slow through the streets.

The outdoor dining on that trip, was indeed superb.  Breathtaking were the views of the Pacific ocean from the dining tables on high patios.  Miraculously no flies or mosquitoes anywhere to be found molesting and causing a nuisance, which a guy from Utah and my buddy from Louisiana really appreciated.  A highlight of that trip was an evening on the grounds then dining at San YSidro Ranch.  It was a wonderful experience.

I had no idea Salt Lake had something akin to an acreage such as that, devoted to growing food on the gorgeously landscape premises for a restaurant, as well as being a place of beauty for the hosting of wedding parties and memorable events.

If I had 20 acres at the opening of a magnificent canyon, you bet I’d be building like this and better. My family knows this about me, I speak of a millennial day when I can inherit the earth and labor all day long building a magnificent palace, chateau, mansion, or whatever you’d call it. I’d hew the stone from the quarry with my sons, I’d learn every art and skill necessary, and build stone upon stone. I’d do the silver and gold smithing, the sculpting, the woodwork. I’d design the landscape, the bridges, gazeebo’s, the placing of trees, bushes, flower beds, ponds, lakes, streams, and waterfalls. I’d have magnificent and engaging statues everywhere to be ones companion on the grounds, in the woods and gardens.

When I was a child, my father owned 6 acres, a mini ranch, in the Provo, Utah river-bottoms   He had full water rights with a ditch running through the property.  In the years he lived there, he said he had never seen a mosquito, save it be perhaps once or twice.  He sold it and we moved when I was but age 5.  To this day, I almost can’t bear the thought of what I would have done with that property, were it mine to have beautified.  I’ve always known what I would have done with it, I can envision it so easily.  San Ysidro Ranch and La Caille both speak to my soul and my creative aspirations for what to do with property of a sizable acreage.

When age 15, living near Idaho Falls, Idaho, I cut loose on a 3 acre place we lived, and armed with a backhoe I was operating, I dug a moat around a central part of the front lawn, making it an island, then a ditch leading back toward an irrigation access for water. Then I built an arched bridge to the island. (And I cut the phone line too with my digging). The day we put water in that was joyous, and it was only the beginning of my grand plans.  I had tree houses planned that would have been delightsome, but then we moved away and all that enterprise was scrapped, and onward went my youth, evaporated away through compulsory schooling by the state, which I deeply resented, it robbing me of my precious time and my will to do with my time as I chose.

Today, I’m finding that this kind of landscape and space shown in these photos (taken without permission from the La Caille Facebook page) is an intense passion, but in this realm of mass government plunder, I’ve hitherto not believed in this realm I could design, create, and build such spaces. I’ve felt confiscatory taxation just too daunting and no honest means available to me to finance such aspirations for creativity.  I need to change my thinking and stop giving in to the loathsome plunderers (at the highest echelons  I refer to them as the “moneychangers”) who grind not only on the face of the poor, but who are snuffing out the middle class and lower upper class as well through their fiat money schemes and enforced legal tender laws, forcing good men to accept bad money (from the Federal Reserve System.

God wants us surely to create, develop talents, and beautify the land, expanding in our opportunities.

The magnificent little book written a century ago by Wallace D. Waddles,  “The Science of Getting Rich” gets into this.  When I actually gave it a read, I wondered if on some level he had been a student of the writings of Joseph Smith. (That is a whole long topic to get into somewhere else.)

If I were a billionaire, you’d have an American Versailles built somewhere along the Wasatch Front of Utah, or maybe elsewhere. It would thrill my soul to build in like manner, european style chateau’s and palaces, but not for sake of pride, arrogance, greed, or seeking to be “better than” anyone else, but simply to enjoy the creative process and rejoice in supremely intense beauty, as good as man can conceive of.

Plating the double-cut lamb chop (Photo used without permission from the La Caille Restaurant Facebook page.)

Honesty in Sales, Human Nature as Study to Success With People

I sat in the home of a multimillionaire in my mid 20’s, with a younger brother.  The man we sat with, was a very busy man, and that we were seated with and taking precious time away from his much higher priorities was a fact we were very much cognizant of.  He was gracious, we felt in awe, for he had personal magnetism  and we had seen him and knew of his influence, his business success, his leadership abilities, his admirable qualities of standing for family, for principle, for integrity.  We knew there were thousands who would be envious to know we were seated in this mans home office to get some personal advice from this man.  He did give that advice.  He spoke of the importance of the book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  But he also stated something else, before we read that book, his number one book, his top advice to us was “read ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’.”  He then said that book had been the most influential in his career.  “Become students of human nature” he said.

Here, we have some

Sandler Sales Rules, a Playlist

Aunt Luisa from Blur Studio, a Charming, Classic Little Piece

This was the kind of little short that in college had me really wanting to pursue 3D animation.  It really took some old school types to put this together, I would think, as young kids today wouldn’t have the cultural depth to create this three minute animation with its subtle and delightful nuances to the human condition and an aunt Luisa that we all seem to think we might know.

Talk about a voice! That narrator has a seriously amazing and unique voice that is perfect for such a script.

What a fun little piece, and I love the music of Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.

The Sculpture of Eric Michael Wilson, and a New Artistic Resource for Education

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I attended an intensive human anatomy sculpting workshop in San Francisco two years ago, with two amazing live models, a male acrobat and a female ballerina from the San Francisco Ballet Company. One of the two instructors, very likable on a personal level, is now associated with and I think a co-founder of this website I have the link to below. He is gifted sculptor, Eric Michael Wilson. (Here is his Facebook Page).

I told him at the concluding of that week long course that rarely am I ever found covetous of anything, but were I tempted to covet strongly, Eric’s knowledge of anatomy and ability to bring forth a human form from clay into a compelling pose.  This was something I feel pained not to be in possession of, I believe it is mine for the taking with the required time and dedication that would be required for such knowledge to be forthcoming, with my own interpretive touch and expression, and therein lies the challenge for all mankind, time stops and waits for none of us.

I’ve attached photo’s of two pieces by Eric Wilson, his “Eve” and “Adam.” Eric writes of the Adam piece:

“I decided to title the piece “Adam” one of the oldest stories of fatherhood and a theme many artists have used for hundreds of years. I designed it from imagination when my daughter was born. The design grew out of the emotional experience of fatherhood that I experienced.

“It will be available as a limited edition bronze of 15.”

Thankfully, Eric Wilson has a gift and has worked hard in its development. If memory serves correct from the workshop I attended, Eric spent hours and hours with med students looking at cadavers and coming to know the most intricate aspects of the human skeletal, muscular, and vascular systems, and obviously it has paid off magnificently.

You have to love what the internet does for us. I’m starting to salivate right now at the prospects of such a resource as this online educational resource based in the tradition of the great masters post renaissance.  I feel the ebbing away of time,  I want to freeze it in place while I learn—while I develop talent, understanding, knowledge, and skill.

This world has way too much ugliness in it, and way too much art that is ugly, unrefined, and lacking that talent and expertise that comes of a diligent education and study to the craft rarely achieved nor sought after with the proper instruction in the tradition of the great masters. So few places, spaces, and homes have in them elements that truly inspire deeply.

W. Cleon Skousen, author of “The Naked Communist” and “The Naked Capitalist,” as well as dozens of other books, made note of 45 goals Communists (bankrolled by the Rockefeller and Rothschild and other Lucifarian Moneychangers) undertook in America. Make note of goal 22 & 23, for they have been realized, and gratefully, this online resource, it appears, rises above such ugliness:

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. ” Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

Rarely in public centers of “culture” do I see art that inspires me. It all looks so drab, so mediocre, without soul. I could begin to name places and by implication works of art that are supposedly great by some standards, but for me, have little value, they certainly don’t inspire. Thankfully, I see the work of Eric Wilson and it all speaks of magnificence, as does the other disciplines I see here in this promo video. How exciting. Time to get busy learning. How will I find the time? Haha. One thing I’ll definitely cut out of my time budget, Facebook. 😉

Looks like $20 a month for this online art education access. I recently suspended my account that is $25 a month and a Larry Jordan $20 a month video editing and other software instruction subscriptions. For the price of things, this $20 a month looks amazing. If you have kids who might have artistic abilities that need nurturing, this my be a godsend:

New Masters Academy

And remember, go love, shape, and embrace your futures, as LDS Apostle, religious church leader, Elder Holland has advised us to do.  Government peddles fear and terror, we must exert mental focus to not buy into such sickening defeatism that comes by the hand of tyrants and murderers (and I’m talking of those within the US, enemies domestic at the highest levels, of both parties, who serve the banking elite and their Council on Foreign Relations agenda.)  Great things lie ahead and we can through God’s help not fall prey to the terror and destruciton these haters of human liberty would have for us.  (I’m becoming ever more compelled by the notion and the book of the title “Shaping History through Fasting and Prayer.



“We must go forward. God expects you to have enough faith, determination, and trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future—to love it, rejoice in it, and delight in your opportunities.

“God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.”

~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, (“Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast,” CES Fireside, Sept 12, 2004.)

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Storage Solutions, A Look at Media

storage-deviceThis is a wonderful world to live in, and the advances in science and technology are truly remarkable.  Thank heavens for the free market

Here appears to be a nice device for storage, can’t wait till this kind of capacity in space will be solid state (no moving parts in those hard drives to go bad, like memory cards in cameras.)

This would be on the smaller end of the professional or semi-pro video editing market, but very appealing to someone beginning to get some demand from footage snapped on their cameras, with more and more content to come.  I love that it is a raid, and that it has all the connective interfaces, both Firewire 400 and 800, as well as eSata ports, and heaven forbid you’d ever have to resort to USB, that too is an option for connectivity.