west english

Look here Vita—throw over your man, and we’ll go to Hampton Court and dine on the river together and walk in the garden in the moonlight and come home late and have a bottle of wine and get tipsy, and I’ll tell you all the things I have in my head, millions, myriads — They won’t stir by day, only by dark on the river. Think of that. Throw over your man, I say, and come.
—  1927, letter from Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West

For Black History Month:

Phantom of the Opera in South Africa (2004 and 2011-12) made history, casting the first black Phantom outside the US, and the first black* Christine worldwide. In addition they featured two black Piangis, and multiple cast members, amongst them Don Attilio, Passarino and the Wardrobe Mistress.

Many of these also continued into the World Tour.

(*South Africans use the term coloured in reference to people of mixed heritage. This is a neutral term and often preferred, unlike the US and UK where the term is considered slur and avoided. From an American and European point of view, Lana English would be called black, but if regarding her Cape Town heritage she is coloured. I’m mentioning it here to avoid confusion)

little moreton hall ▴ congleton, cheshire, england

the earliest parts of the house were constructed around 1508, with more additions until 1610. it remained in the possession of the moreton family for almost 450 years.

All will Know

so i realized that i never made a post talking about one of the nuances of the signing in spring awakening. melchior’s major line/recurring motif, “all will know” is signed three different ways (at least in the bootleg I watched). the first was simply “everyone will know” or essentially have the knowledge of. he signed this in “all that’s known” like he was just so angry, and he wanted everyone to have the same education he had. in i think “those you’ve known”, he signs “everyone will understand” like he knows pain of ignorance, and he wants to save everyone else from that. in “bitch of living” and “song of purple summer”, which I feel are his most passionate songs, he signs “everyone will mind open” because in those songs, he demonstrates that he knows open mindedness is the only way to make progress.

Appalachian English

I took a linguistics course last year and one of the most important things I learned in that course is that dialects usually considered “sub-standard” (in English these include African American English and Appalachian English among others) follow sets of rules and do have their own grammar and especially that they are able to **communicate the same information** as the standard dialect.  Being from West Virginia has meant that if I slip into the accent when I’m in Raleigh, drop the g on my present participle, or use some slang, bring up the redneck jokes, as speaking this way conveys a lack of education.  When I’ve seen extraordinary displays of ingenuity, openness and community in my state, it doesn’t sit well with me that the dialect associated with it is seen as inferior.  But what we learned in linguistics was that if a dialect does communicate the same information, it is valid.  So my fellow Appalachians, continue to drop your g’s as you discuss thermonuclear astrophysics:) Destroy the notion that these are incompatible character traits.