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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 3)

Kristian Lin
Apparently, something really terrible happened on Game of Thrones last night. Please, nobody tell me what it was. After Chernov wreaked Game of Thrones-level violence on the Dvořák quintet last night, I suspect any performanc...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 2)

Kristian Lin
Hate to admit it, but the Star-T had a provocative article today about the Cliburn jurors whose students are competing. The practice of including such jurors makes me uneasy, even though the competition has taken measures to pr...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 1)

Kristian Lin
Wish I could say I took the day off to sleep and decompress, but instead I went and caught up with my other duties at the Weekly. Nevertheless, I do feel refreshed and ready to take in the semifinal round, which features all th...


Keegan performs at the opening of the Lindenmarkt.

Texas Troubadour Abroad: En Route to Verona

KEEGAN MCINROE
My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when I began my four years of study at Texas Christian University. Over the course of my 10 years wri...



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Cliburn Semifinalists Announced

Kristian Lin
Okay, so after about 15 minutes’ worth of speeches in Bass Hall, the semifinalists were announced. I must admit, the first-round performances had me entertaining hopes of an American sweep of the medal podium, which would...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 7)

Kristian Lin
Last day of the first round! I’m not a fan of Les Misérables (I think I’ve mentioned this before), but I feel like singing this song. I am looking forward to eating meals at home, doing my laundry, and re-connect w...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 6)

Kristian Lin
Four years ago, the Cliburn found me in the midst of a crash diet and doing my best to eat abstemiously. Now I’ve lost weight and kept it off, and yet I’m coping with the Cliburn by scarfing down doughnuts for break...


Amsterdam was quite a trip.

Texas Troubadour Abroad: Amsterdam

KEEGAN MCINROE
My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when I began my four years of study at Texas Christian University. Over the course of my 10 years wri...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 5)

Kristian Lin
My fellow music critics reported feeling tired as early as the second day of the competition, but now it’s all we can do to avoid turning into zombies. We’re gonna need Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg and h...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember the men and women who died defending our nation. I also pause to reflect that cultural discussion of any kind is impossible without peace and stability, and insofar as our nation’s mi...