This is the largest gap between rehearsals that we've had for a long time. I miss you all and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Meanwhile, here are the things that Cory has asked us to work on, which he formed from listening to snatches of the blog files from prior rehearsals:
Men-basses: You have a tendency to confuse depth with
bass-drum heaviness. You cannot do that. It sounds awful. You’ve got to support
your notes and get energy behind them. Without it, you’re bottoming out
note-wise. Watch your pitches and listen to each other.
Tenors: You’re a Victrola. There are about four songs that
have parts where you are completely lost. Places Deeper in My Heart. There’s a
spot you miss every time. That Old Time Need of Prayer, there’s a spot you miss
every time (basses too on that song).
Altos: you have a good blend among you. What you don’t have
is support on the lower notes. It sounds blaring, like a horn. There’s no
warmth or movement on the note. On the upper notes, you are a little bright.
Sopranos: Wow. Top notes: Bright, bright, bright the holly
berries. Holy Mackerel. Wow. Open it up on the top notes. Watch how bright it
is. When I ask you to warm it up, that doesn’t mean throw a vibrato onto it.
Support the high notes. If you’re buzzing in your nose, your placement is wrong.
Seconds: Be very careful not to sacrifice tone to volume. It
often is a very young sound. It’s not every time, but sometimes. Like on the
song Until I Found the Lord, bottom of page 10.
As a whole, you need to sing together; listen to each other.
Get your parts down. No excuse to not know your parts at this point in our
One compliment for you: Leslie loved your final song last
Sunday, “Places Deeper in My Heart.”
Remember to practice and connect emotionally with the
messages of our songs on THURSDAY night!
As I was listening to the recording of last Thursday's rehearsal, I heard again the story Cory told about the special needs woman singing with great abandon and enthusiasm, "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning," in the middle of the congregation during church.
I thought about the words to that beautiful hymn, and discovered something rather surprising. So, you know how we all don't do a lot of "singing and shouting" in our church meetings? Check out the chorus to "The Spirit of God..." Yep: "We'll sing and we'll shout with the armies of heaven!" There it is, right there! We should sing and shout. Yes, you, conservative Mormon person. You should sing and shout!
So, feel free to follow the special needs woman's example and the words to that famiar hymn and sing with enthusiasm. Feel it! Enjoy it! Show it!
Please note the new schedule in the column on the right ------>
Hey!! Next Saturday is our choir party!!! We're going to have yummy food (provided by you), and fun games! Bring a spouse or a friend and come to the church where we rehearse at 6:30 pm.
Here are the food sign-ups:
Jared & Cindy
Dave - chips
Teri and Ally, I appreciate your willingness to bring more than one thing, but I'm only putting you down for one. Cory and I haven't signed up yet, and I think we'll be fine. If that changes, I'll let you know. - KD