Wednesday evening was a good chance to practice curiosity and enjoy the journey. I went to a song recital given by Patricia Petibon, a French soprano with a deserved reputation for being very (sometimes too) colorful. This will give you some idea, although it is pretty tame for Petibon. It was the best I could find without going too far down the YouTube rabbit hole.
Factors that made it the perfect practicing ground for an intentional journey of curiosity:
- Her colorful presentation of the songs
- Not having a program with song texts so not always knowing what she was singing or singing about
- Being, myself, a purist who likes the focus in a song recital to be pretty much solely on the music and voice
I did really well staying with it and staying open, in spite of the above-mentioned points. There were a couple of places where it was too over the top for my taste. I acknowledged that and then just sat and watched (and listened) and waited.