Waltz, Tango, Romance: a concert given by Oleg Pogudin on September 30, 2011 in the Svetlanov Hall of Moscow's International House of Music. In this video, Pogudin performs a grouping of Russian romances, including one written by Alexander Vertinsky, and some songs in Yiddish, French and German as well.
Shhhhhhhhhhh.....let these silken whispers glide past your ears; may it not be widely known that I am actually a clandestine truffle...er...Pogudin addict--his balmy terra-cotta voice is too decadent a luxury, a cacao nib beyond my means--a hazelnut encased in dark ganache, berry infused bon-bon, salted caramel, Amaretto bittersweet....
A note of gratitude to Red Fez, a literary party I don't have to crash, because I've been invited. Red Fez has just released its 64th issue. To quote the infamous Doc Sigerson on the subject: "If you think you may be the next Orwell or the next Montaigne, put pen to paper and step up into the big leagues of essay writing. The intrepid editors at Red Fez are hungry for submissions of finely crafted nonfiction."