Plecat sa cânte la îngeri

I was very sad to learn this week that the singer Denisa Emilia Raducu, often referred to as Denisa Manelista, has died from liver disease. As the nickname “Manelista” suggests, Denisa was primarily a singer of manele, a musical genre often ridiculed and unappreciated by most Romanians. But Denisa was truly special. Born on December 13, 1989, Denisa began her singing career as a young … Continue reading Plecat sa cânte la îngeri

Music Education Under Threat in Romania

According to this informative post, many of Romania’s schools’ music education programs are on the verge of being removed from the curriculum. And it’s all the fault of the music teachers! Every time a teacher started to believe what everyone was saying about music education – how it’s worthless, kids don’t need it, what’s he gonna do in life if he learns how to read … Continue reading Music Education Under Threat in Romania

Let them know we tried

Recently, on one of the last warm days of the years, I was sitting outside on a bench, soaking up the sunlight. A man approached me, his eyes glassy. He was mumbling nearly incoherently and stuck out his hand to shake mine. It was immediately obvious that he was drunk. Drunk: *mutters incoherently in Russian* Me: Izvinitye no ya ni punimayo uchin horasha pa russki … Continue reading Let them know we tried