Sunday, September 30, 2012

David Powell Lyric Tenor Goes To New York

David Powell Lyric Tenor
I have a pronounced and deep love of the singing voice.
I would like to be reincarnated as an opera singer, but since the chances are slim, I resort to listening to lyric tenors. Not a bad alternative really.

I began my studies of the classical arts with ballet lessons as a child and young adult. This acquainted me with classical scores for the opera... birthplace of the ballet. I took piano lessons to no avail, but I can learn music by listening and memorization, and compose the same way.

Let's begin with Enrico Caruso (1873-1921, Naples), who stated when interviewed about why the public insisted on buying tickets to hear and see him sing in the opera. He claimed "they are buying my pain". As an orator of the truth, the human voice does depict the truth and sorrows of our own existence. Here is an example of Andre Bocelli singins Caruso on

In the 90's we had The Three Tenors making the rounds. I have one of their video-tapes from their concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus. This features "Ave Maria" with Luciano Pavarotti, "With A Song In My Heart" with Jose Carrerras, "Amor, Vida De Mi Vida" with Placido Domingo, and a stunning "The Star-Spangled Banner" with all three fabulous voices as one.

I am mentioning this history of tenors as I listened to a radio interview this week with Nathan Pacheco with Jim Bohannan. Pacheco's unique blend of skill, imagination, and respect for those who came before him, give his music sung in Portuguese, Italian, and English, a thrilling fusion of technique and style.

Humboldt County is fortunate to be home to David Powell, Lyric Tenor, in his sendoff concert as he is moving to New York to pursue his musical career. His program includes familiar arias, oratorio, art songs, Broadway show tunes with more on the list. The performances are being held at the redwood, stained glassed sanctuary of the Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, a firm supporter of classical music.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Negotiation Experience A Big PLUS!

Producer & Executive 
Bill Morrill 

Clarke Historical Museum collection "Fort Humboldt"

To follow are questions about negotiation in television advertising & production.
Bill Morrill, Humboldt County history buff and creator of "101 Milestones" (a video featuring Northwestern California's Redwood Coast, and historical records) discusses how values play a large role in negotiating. 

MOLLOY:   I know that you handle television advertising contracts on a daily basis. In addition, your recently worked with 
Shell Oil, owned by Mario Andretti. When working with high profile companies and personalities, do you consciously separate the personalities from the negotiation bullet points?

MORRILL:  There's no separation...people are generally the root of conflict and problems.

MOLLOY:  What is your "negotiating persona", or rather, when you enter the room ready to work on a contract, are you always willing to accommodate their requests to secure the deal?

MORRILL:  I approach the table from a position of strength. I always reiterate benefits of placement and how the success of the project lies in reaching to the audience.

MOLLOY:  When you think your client may not be playing fair, do you confront them? How do you choose to handle difficult situations in the Board Room?

MORRILL:  The challenge is always do the best job you can to help the client, while upholding your worth and value of the product.

MOLLOY:   With your experiences in negotiating with strangers and friends alike, do you have a different set of rules for different situations?

MORRILL:  Honesty and kindness go a long way----sincerity can be read when it's real.

MOLLOY:  So then perhaps, strangers can become friends. Mutual benefit is a key, we all want the WIN-WIN. Can you give me an example of finding that balance necessary for succeeding in your negotiations?

MORRILL:  I met Mario Andretti personally several times when working on the Shell Oil deal. I thanked him for his trust, and he thanked me for doing a good job. I hope this helps.

Bill Morrill moved to Humboldt County in 1972. He is a direct descendent of pioneers Joseph & Zipporah Russ. His family still owns Fern Cottage, Ferndale, their ancestral property. He is active in writing about local history. The photograph above represents the large collection found at the Clarke Museum, Eureka. He produced a series about Humboldt history that aired 50 episodes on Fox 29 and MyNet 33, beginning in 2006.

Bill Morrill enjoying a classic car show
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