This is an award-winning blog!

Yes, it's true folks.  This is an award-winning blog. With many thanks to French horn-playing blogger Bruce Hembd, this blog is the happy recipient of the mysteriously fabulous Premio Dardos Award!  The Premio Dardos Award aims to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their efforts to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. This hallmark was created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers and as a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.  Personally, I like the fact that the award title can be abbreviated PDA.  (Public display of affection?  Anyone?)

The rules for acceptance and granting of the award are as follows:

1.  Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2.  Pass the award to at least 5 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award. 

For my five choices I have chosen blogs that relate to my fields of employ: classical singing, music, voice over, acting and, well, fashion.  (I know, I'm no fashion model.  But I do do print work and I have a great appreciation for the artistic in the everyday garment.)  These blogs are not only of interest to me but well-designed.  (I have a penchant for clean design.)  The winners are:

Opera Chic: This opera-loving American keeps us all in-the-know when it comes to things gossipy and operatic. (Not to mention that my friend and former studio-mate Hanan Alattar is featured in this entry's image.)

The Collaborative Piano Blog: While focused on things collaborative-y and piano-y, Chris Foley doesn't limit himself to those items solely percussive in nature.  This well-connected Canadian always posts something musically interesting.  Plus he's got a gaggle of links in the sidebar. 

Emma Clarke: This world-famous voice blogs about her vocal escapades behind the mic with a dash of wit and a touch of snappy sarcasm.  (She hasn't updated in a few months, but I'm hoping this entry will entice her to write yet again.)

David August: While bare on the image front, David August keeps all those interested in the LA and Chicago acting scenes succinctly and frequently informed about acting information, news and resources that help one to be an actor in these areas. 

The Sartorialist: Quite on the up-and-up, this once stay-at-home dad presents snaps of everyday fashion captured on the world's streets whilst globe-trotting as a fashion photog.  I like to think he inspires the dapper dresser in each of us.

Congrats to these fine bloggers!  I am so pleased to have been given the opportunity to grant them this award.

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