Anna Cappella

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  • The short film, 'All Too Well,' all too good

    Nothing answers the question, “What is ‘All Too Well’ by Taylor Swift about?” better than the Pablo Neruda quote that Swift chose to open the short film she wrote and directed to accompany the recent re-release of the song by the same name. “Love is so short, forgetting is so long,” or the original line, “Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido,” is all about the lingering, the eating-alive...

    Pillbox | November 22, 2021
  • A morning, an afternoon, and 'An Evening With Silk Sonic'

    I knew Bruno Mars. I knew Anderson .Paak. I was watching the Grammys last year and, all of a sudden, I was looking at both of them. I thought, “I’ve never seen something so right.” Peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, caramel and apples could not compare to the absolute beauty of these men together, dressed in perfectly tailored orange suits, their unique styles melding together with a flawl...

    Pillbox | November 15, 2021
  • La Finta Giardiniera: an opera for opera beginners

    It’d been a while since I’d been to an opera, and even though I got my tickets for “La Finta Giardiniera” well in advance, I guess I didn’t fully process that I was going to an opera — a real opera. I know this because when the first sung note of “La Finta Giardiniera” hit my ears, I immediately started writing my notes in all caps, my brain flung into utter chaos. It was beautiful. It was wonderf...

    Pillbox | November 8, 2021
  • 'Music of the Spheres': a departure for Coldplay

    You can say what you want about Coldplay, but one thing cannot be disputed: they sure know how to be thematic. With eras more distinct and dedicated than Taylor Swift’s, the band has moved from stark minimalism (“A Rush of Blood to the Head”) to robotic futurism (“X&Y”) all the way back to the French Revolution (“Viva La Vida”). After following their ultra-pop rainbow “A Head Full of Dreams” with ...

    Pillbox | October 25, 2021
  • 'Power/Trip' Character Analysis: Richard, Richard, King Richard

    Mid-show exhaustion was just beginning to set in and I honestly thought I was hallucinating when I heard the intro to ABBA’s “S.O.S.” emanating from the cello and violin and guitar in the corner of the stage — Richard’s cello and violin and guitar.

    Pillbox | October 25, 2021