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Scary Experiences that I’ve had in the World of Choral Music

Posted by thesinger on November 30, 2006

Yesterday evening was notable. I led a song for the entire congregation of Cedar Crest Amish Mennonite Church. Mr. S was asked on very short notice to be responsible for the Wednesday evening service. He said yes. He than decided to have a kind of singspiration where he would read the story of a hymn and than the congregation would sing the hymn. The interesting part of the service was that he got his male students from PCHS to read the stories — and he got me to lead a song. It was an amazing experience. Standing up there in front of everybody, my knees shaking uncontrollably, my face as red as a cherry, waving my hand around in a semi-useless way. Even if I didn’t like the strange feelings, the experience was really good for me. Because of this experience,I will admire the ones who do it well, and be much more understanding of the ones who don’t.

I remember my first solo. It was in the seventh grade. My voice had not changed yet. I sang the soprano solo on “Go Down Moses.” That experience was frightening, but not as bad as my next solo.

That solo was with the Mennonite Community Chorus. It was the first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City.” I sang it in the regular soprano octave, because my voice hadn’t changed yet. Now I can look back on the solo and say, “What was difficult about that?” However, back then, I was relatively new to this thing called Choral Music. What’s more, tradition dictates that the first verse must be sung by a soloist without any vocal accompaniment. This is a difficult assignment for any singer, and we’re not even talking about a young man of 13, who has had very little training. So, even now I can recall distinctly exactly where and how I was standing. My cherry-red face turned itself on, I developed a very bad case of kneeknockingitus, and then I gave my solo. I can’t remember distinctly how I did, (perhaps because my brain wanted to block out any painful memories) but I remember one high note that my voice would consistently crack on, right as I was attempting to hit it. Aaaahhhh vell, such is life.

Why do I write this? That is a very good question. Sometimes I wish I knew myself.

thesinger

p.s. Tonight is the dress rehearsal for Reno Choral Society’s “Nine Lessons and Carols.” I am looking forward to a very good final practice.

Afterwards: I’m sorry to report that the rehearsal sortof sucked. Thankfully, the concert will be so much better than this rehearsal. Everybody will be there, we will have a better piano, and we’ll be so scared that we’ll sing beautifully!

p.s. If possible, you should come and listen!

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My Fatness

Posted by thesinger on November 23, 2006

This is Thanksgiving. It’s after the noon meal. I am experiencing a full stomach. It was Good!

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My Latest Composition

Posted by thesinger on November 21, 2006

Here is my latest composition. It is a poetry form called Hiaku consisting of five sylables in the first line, seven in the next line, and five in the last line. Like this one, most Hiaku poems deal with a subject from nature.

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Scarlet Bird in a Copse

Vivacious, dazzling

Thrusting forth resplendent sound

Ebullient spirit

thesinger

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Composition

Posted by thesinger on November 16, 2006

Here is a typical scene from Comp. class.

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This is my teacher, Mrs, I. with a “Green Pen” in her hand.

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Have a wonderful day!

thesinger

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My family.

Posted by thesinger on November 12, 2006

Congrats to Ty! He’s dating! Wishing him all the best!

(That was three sentences in a row in which I used exclamation points, can you imagine? That sounds like something a girl would do.)

Following is a brief synopsis of what my sibs are up to these days.

Floyd is dating. That fact still remains a struggle to comprehend, but it’s true. He’s also teaching school at Copeland, KS. (Notice the order in which I mentioned those — very key!)

Craig has recently began to work at Sturdi-Bilt. It seems as though he is enjoying himself at his new job.

Loyal-Doyle Private Eye is currently working for Dad at the seed house. One of his theories these days is to take as many trips as Dad will allow. For example, as I’m writing this, he’s on the way home from a trip to CO to visit Bruce and tomorrow he will be going to CBS to help with cleaning-up.

Anja is my favorite sister! (I just wanted all of you to know that since that might be unclear to some of you.) She feels very busy with school and all the social things girls feel obligated to participate in. One thing I’m bitter about is that she’s so busy that she doesn’t have time to bake the friendship bread that’s still sitting on the counter. It’s about a week overdue.

About me. I am a busy man, (as you might have guessed by the previous two posts) and am made even busier by this thing called “Music.” I am pleased to announce that I’m taking voice lessons from Lyle Stutzman. Developing the voice is a long process and I am in the middle of finding that out right now. I am enjoying the process and want to learn all I can while I can.

To conclude this post I will include this quote.

In life, as in football, you don’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.
Arnold H. Glasgow

thesinger

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Composition

Posted by thesinger on November 7, 2006

I am pleased to report that the comp assignments have been much easier this week and it almost feels like a week off or something.

You’re probably wondering why I’m always writing about Comp. Please stop and think of how much time Comp generally takes out of my day. I spend 45 min. in class every day and I do an average of one hour of Comp homework per day.  In addition, I devote much time to thinking about the latest assignment outside of homework time.

I must run, I have other school that needs to be done.

thesinger

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Composition

Posted by thesinger on November 3, 2006

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“Heeelllloooo”, he slowly drawls out. As he’s writing this, it’s 11:20 P.M. He really needs to be working on a big Comp assignment that’s due for tomorrow. He is so drained of creative juices. He thinks that he can think better in the morning. He decides he’s going to wake up at 5:00 in the morning. He laughs, thinking to himself, “like that’ll work very well.” Such is life in Comp. Sophs and Freshies,

BE WARNED!

thesinger

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