Directories can make for dry reading. Just think about the proverbial telephone book. On the other hand, if you delve into the lives lived behind the names, things start to get a lot more interesting.
A similar example is The WholeNote’s Blue Pages, the magazine’s 13th annual directory of musical organizations throughout the GTA and beyond. Each group submits a short profile, and while certainly not dry reading, these snapshots are still very factual.
My specific assignment was to write “a personal point of view on what’s in the directory.” What follows is my journey into “the blue”— to get behind the names, as it were.
At first instance, one is lost in a sea of choirs, instrumental ensembles, opera companies, presenters, churches and service organizations — 26, small print, double sided pages, to be exact. In order to negotiate a way into this mass of material, I came up with the idea of asking questions inspired by the Blue Pages.