To the uninitiated, this blog name may seem illegible and perhaps even irrelevant. But it isn’t either of these things. After having toyed with the idea of changing my blog name, I realized that after these seven months of blogging, I do have an on-line identity; friends have been made, history captured and a journey recorded. While it would be possible to provide a myriad of links, explanations and re-directions, I decided that rather than I lose my beloved online identifier, I would instead, explain its origin.
Those of you who have been following my blog know that I am obsessed with music. This has been true as long as I can remember. Back in the very early internet days of “you’ve got mail” I selected a name near and dear to my heart that would reflect my love of music and in part, my obsession with a unique place of beauty and renewal: The Berkshire Choral Festival, held each summer in beautiful Sheffield, Massachusetts. When I began my connection with BCF, it was known as The Berkshire Choral Institute..hence BCI. “Jo”was the logical tag-on of course.
I am enclosing a few photos taken last summer when I participated in Opera Week. I expect to return in 2013 for a week of Lauridsen and Vaughan Williams, but most importantly to experience the renewal that a sequestered week in the mountains with 200 fellow singers and musicians, music rehearsals several times a day and lovely quiet nights, can deliver.
Thank you for taking the time to check this out, before returning to your own creative pursuits. I will now set aside all thoughts of name changing and focus on the reason I began this blog: to express my perspectives on life through prose, poetry and photography.
BCIJo, aka Joanne Edith