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Singin’ and a-Ringin’

by WCS Blogmeister

A grand adventure at our rehearsal host Kailua United Methodist church! Several WCS members were kind enough to join in as the handbell choir joined the KUMC choir and tenor Daniel Heathcock on the piano (the regular accompanist was ringing bells) for an arrangement composed by our own Wim Blees from the bass section. Good […]

In a New Language

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Many thanks to Tom Kimball for this…the beautiful “‘O ‘Oe ‘Io” in Maori along with a great recording of it done in both Hawaiian and this new version. Very cool! KO KOE IO, MATUA TE KORE (You are y lo, the Self Existent One) KO KOE IO, TE WAIORA (You are’lo, the Source of Life) […]

Back in the Saddle

by WCS Blogmeister

Must be that time… The blog took a break as I had pretty much run out of things to say but the brain of the Blogmeister seems to have opened up a synapse that had lain dormant and it’s time to crank the machine up again. Feel free to run screaming into the deepest corners […]

Windward Notes – A Game to Play

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Last night was the full moon rise out of the Pacific, something the Blogmeister clan loves to enjoy. We’ve been skunked a bunch this winter but yesterday evening was crystal clear with barely a whisper of wind…yay. We brought the beach chairs (and a fine Pinot Noir) and basked in the moonlight. Most excellent. So […]

Windward Notes – Practice Makes Permanent

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So that was fun…sectional rehearsals. There’s no better way to hammer notes into your brain than sectional rehearsals. But wait…that’s wrong. There IS a better way. Now that Susie (or Alec, thanks for helping) did the aforementioned hammering, it’s the perfect time to go to Chorus Connection and go over what was done. That will […]

Windward Notes – More Than Just Us Folk

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So how fun was THAT show? The 2019 African-American History Month concert had an almost-full house instead of our regular overflow crowd thanks to the weather (Mauna Kea had a 191 mph wind gust…yikes) but a good time was had by all. I think it had a little more “oomph” than some other concerts because […]

Windward Notes – Spread a Little Aloha

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So there I was minding my own business in the living room with a particulary energetic hockey game on the TV when an elderly woman walked up the driveway (the Blogmeister abode is back from the street a bit) and knocked on my door. Thanks to the configuration of the entry way and living room […]

Windward Notes – Oh Yeah, I DO Remember That

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I used to teach/jam with a co-worker back when the guitar was my weapon of choice (and the uke spent a lot more time hanging on the wall than it does these days…that situation has now been reversed). One of his favorite comments when something untoward happened while we were working on a song was, […]

Windward Notes – Horsepower For Your Boat

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I read an interesting article recently that sought the answer to “what are your three favorite vocal warm-up exercises”? This question was posed to professional singers, voice coaches and conductors and the results were very interesting…and included one thread throughout. Okay, not a thread. It was so complete you’d have to call it a rope. […]