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Damn [Feb. 16th, 2010|01:08 am]
Sam
Today is my 22nd birthday.

I made this journal about a month before I turned 16, making it over 6 years old now. This LJ has been with me through losing my virginity, awakenings and questionings of sexual orientation, the relationship that continues to define parts of my life, the college admissions process, figuring out what's really important to me, and a vast improvement of my writing ability. It has some of my first academic papers, my (terrible) poetry, and musings on all sorts of things. It has ideas I thought were so hugely profound at the time that in hindsight are laughable. It's a historical document of my immaturity, and a fun journey through my growth as a person.

Like my life, this journal has been a constant work in progress. Yet, I'm leaving college in a matter of months, and hopefully finding a job - hell, I might be teaching students of my own. I'm moving to New York City and preparing to live on my own. I'll actually be an adult.

Over the past several years, I've been writing less and less frequently in this journal. I no longer need an electronic forum to post my feelings, seek advice, or wax quasi-eloquent about my oh-so-important thoughts. For all intents and purposes, this journal is official dead.

Of course, it'll remain here as long as possible. I love glimpsing back at random old entries, to remind myself of where I came from, and I couldn't live without my Savage Love and Onion RSS feeds. But the days of me digitally documenting my life are long gone - or, at the very least, moved to Twitter.

It's been a good run, LJ. You'll always hold a special place in my heart, and I'll never forget the things we've been through together.

Happy birthday to me.
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Just sent my first Letter To The Editor... [Dec. 15th, 2009|02:57 am]
Sam
To the editors of The Harvard Crimson,

It was with great dismay that I opened The Crimson this morning to read Adbelnasser A. Rashid's op-ed "Defending the Indefensible." It is not that I find his opinions to be without merit, but rather found his expression of them to be as hyperbolic and needlessly demagogic as the ones against which he argues.

Having been raised in a Reform Jewish household, I grew up with a sense of personal connect to the State of Israel. As a young adult, I was troubled to learn of various policies and practices of the Israeli government, as the ones to which Mr. Rashid referred, yet constantly aware of the innocent Israeli lives lost through terrorist actions. I realized that this issue, like most, cannot be viewed as black and white.

In the popular imagination, there seem to be only two ways of viewing the Israeli-Palestine conflict. One - the one Mr. Rashid espouses in his article - portrays Israel as an oppressive force which brutally persecutes the Palestinian people. The other, the one I was raised with, describes Israel as a peaceful place constantly under attack by terrorists groups dedicated to its utter annihilation. However, as a rational person, I can understand that neither of these discourses accurately describes the situation. Yet one-sided voices like Mr. Rashid's (and certainly a plethora of others that are ideologically opposed, yet equally uncompromising) do nothing to help solve conflict, and instead serve to embitter and further polarize people - as evidenced by inflammatory comments from readers on both sides of the issue posted on the Crimson's online version of the story - over what is possibly the most pressing issue of our time.

Samuel L. Linden '10
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2009|03:07 am]
Sam

So today (Monday) is the first due date of my senior honors thesis process - I have to turn in my prospectus, which is basically a short paragraph saying "this is what music I'm going to write" and then what text I'm going to set to music.  I just finished it, and I'm pretty happy with the project I've designed and the text that I found/chose.  Doing this prospectus has really made me actually pumped about writing my thesis - I used to be just scared, but now I'm both scared and excited.  Anyway, this'll probably be the biggest part of my life for the next several months, so I figured I'd post it here.  Not sure if anyone cares, but this is my LiveJournal and I DO WHAT I WANT.

Love Songs and Love Stories: A Musical Theater Oratorio

Sam Linden: Thesis Prospectus

For my thesis, I intend to set a series of love poems by various famous poets as a musical theater style oratorio. The piece will be scored for four musical theater singers (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone) and large chamber ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, piano, four violins, two violas, and two celli) and will last approximately forty minutes.

 

The libretto is as follows:Collapse )

 


Other things going on in my life:

I got cast in Harvard's production of Bat Boy - I'm playing Pan, a featured chorus role, but the part I really wanted, so I'm really excited about it.  I'm singing with the Opportunes (my a cappella group) again, which is exciting - did a few awesome arrangements and am really big fans of all the people this year.  I'm also in Dunster House Opera Society's (Harvard's undergrad opera company) production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.  And I'm directing a Shakespeare scene recital that opens on Friday.  And I'm in an internet television show.  And, you know, I try to have a personal life too (it's actually been REALLY WEIRD lately).  Oh yeah, and I'm taking some classes. 

So ya, I'm busy.
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Best Thing Ever: [Aug. 7th, 2009|04:11 pm]
Sam
Finding out your ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend is SIGNIFICANTLY uglier than you.

Seriously, I feel on top of the world right now. Since I found out about him, I've been assuming I'm smarter than him (because I'm pretty damn smart, let's be honest), funnier than him (because I'm also kind of hilarious), and more talented than him (because I'm really damn talented)*. So, of course, I assumed that he was really attractive. My image of him in my head was this tall, muscular, handsome Southern gentleman, blonde hair, big white smile, Abercrombie-and-Fitch-model-esque.

He is the OPPOSITE of this. He looks like a Neanderthalish caveman thing, disgusting shaggy beard and all. I've been practically bouncing off the walls (especially seeing as I have a maybe-kinda-date with a very, very cute girl). Having every bit of your jealousy melt away is a great feeling. This may sound like an overstatement, but he's really just that ugly. I was showing his picture to my friend at work, and she physically recoiled.

*I would, of course, assume he is more modest than me. But don't call me out on this right now, I'm having a happy-feel-good-about-myself day, which are pretty few and far between, so let me be happy.
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LJ Observation [Jul. 11th, 2009|10:43 pm]
Sam
I read my friends page pretty religiously, yet I don't comment on most people's entries. However, I comment on almost every entry that Maya and Megan post. Weird. Guess you two are just comment-able.
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Courses! [Jul. 11th, 2009|02:43 am]
Sam
So I get to take electives this year! Since I'm doing a 16-course concentration AND a secondary field, my schedule was pretty packed. But anyway, here's the courses I'll be taking.

Music 99r (two semseters) - this is my thesis tutorial.

I need to take two more music seminars. I'm almost definitely taking a course on Shakespeare Music offered in the spring, so I'm basically deciding between two different 20th-Century music courses. I'm either going to take Concert Music After 1945, which is pretty interesting but not really my thing, or Early African American Musical Theater, which would be AWESOME but it's actually a graduate seminar, so it might be out of my depth. I also have some other choices, like Medieval Instrument Music (ugh, but I love the professor) or 19th & 20th Century Performance Practice.

I need to take a class that fulfills my Social Analysis requirement. This is almost definitely going to be my least favorite class this semester. Right now, I'm deciding between a class on American Health Care Policy (something I want to know, but I'll probably hate the class), and some more anthro-type stuff (knowledge of language, language and culture, some class on China.)

Then, I get electives! Some that look really interesting are a course of Jazz Theory (probably just going to audit), a course on Sex in the Bible (the professor is a FTM transsexual, and although it's probably really un-PC to say that, I find that really exciting), Intro to Yiddish Culture (SO EXCITED!), Intro to Art History, a lot of cool-looking English classes, some African American Studies classes, and some comparative religion classes. I'm also maybe going to take a class at the Graduate School of Education, because that would be cool.
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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2009|12:45 am]
Sam
This makes me so happy:

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Idea For A Musical [Jun. 21st, 2009|07:09 pm]
Sam
I think this may be my summer project:

Scott, an up-and-coming musical theater writer, suffers a horrific injury which leaves him significantly brain damaged. Unable to take care of himself, he moves in with his younger brother Seth, a young entrepreneur living in Chicago. With his mother unwilling to acknowledge her older son's condition as permanent, his live-in fiancee Erica dealing with the added demands on his time (and apartment space), and Scott's lover Brian battling his own guilt with both his involvement in Scott's injury and his subsequent abandonment, Seth is suddenly thrust into a situation that forces him to reevaluate everything in his life. In his rare internally-lucid moments, Scott sees all the action in a series of musical fantasies.

In other news, back in Cambridge. It's raining, and supposed to continue to rain for the next 7 days.
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So many people... [Jun. 11th, 2009|12:55 am]
Sam
I went to Manhattan to escape Bloomfield. Where do you go when you need to escape Manhattan?

I saw Next To Normal this evening; it's truly brilliant, so go see it if you can, but hit a smidge close to home for me (there was an overachieving kid who really wanted to go to Yale, a messed up family situation, and a boyfriend dealing with his girlfriend's issues with her mother's issues.) I decided to walk back downtown from Times Square, because it was a nice night, and not spending $2 on a subway ticket makes me feel better about spending $65 dollars on a show.

I really love walking alone at night. I go for walks almost every night at school, anywhere from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM. But when you're in NYC, you're never really alone, because there are people everywhere. But they're almost always in groups, or more commonly in gross PDA-y couples (seriously, in a park I saw this gross making-out couple where the guy was wearing a YARMULKE. Even the Orthodoxy gets to canoodle here). And this just makes me feel more alone. So this city manages to make me feel both crowded and isolated - this is maybe not so good a place for an introvert with social self-esteem issues.

Don't get my wrong - I actually love it here, and I can't believe it's already almost time for me to go (I leave for Boston Saturday at 1:00.) I'm just a little worried that, when I move here in a year-ish, I'll miss my solitude.

In other news, I think I'm going to write a whole musical this summer. An original musical. I have an idea for a plot and everything.

In other other news, I've seen lots of good shows. Other than Next To Normal, I saw South Pacific (ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL), Everyday Rapture (amazing), Exit The King (Geoffrey Rush is a god), Hair (so much fun), and August Osage County. Seeing real theater is so nice, and so inspiring.
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Note To Self: [May. 27th, 2009|06:54 pm]
Sam
Writing songs about your ex-girlfriend - NOT a good idea.
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