Windward Notes – When Does 3 Equal 4 (Besides Never)?

by WCS Blogmeister

Back when I was a Silicon Valley consultant (multi-dimensional database design…seriously nerdly) I worked on a project for a company that sold things by the case. Each case held the same number of their products so keeping track of sales was pretty easy. Things started to come apart, however, when they started selling half-cases and […]

Windward Notes – Not the Titanic

by WCS Blogmeister

Before I blast into the blog I just have to show you this amazing thing that I didn’t know existed but everybody should know about because it is SERIOUSLY cool. How about a multi-camera live feed… …from the International Space Station. Totally mesmerizing. Try having it rolling along in one corner of your screen while […]

A Message from the Director

by karyn castro

Greetings from the Windward Choral Society Artistic Director & Founder! I’m listening to a recording of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living as I ponder what I’d like to share with all of you, our Windward Choral Society audience. Why this work? Why did I choose this work for WCS? Last summer, as I have done for the last 30 […]

Windward Notes – Keep the Passengers INSIDE the Plane

by WCS Blogmeister

I’ve flown a lot of things over the years and every one of them that I threw into the sky had some sort of checklist. Preparing to fall in the “up” direction, even if you’ve done it a zillion times and flown thousands of hours, has a certain level of stress and fun and excitement […]

Windward Notes – Buttons On a Bus

by WCS Blogmeister

My commute takes me along the Nimitz highway under the H-1 near the airport. This particular stretch has quite a few bus stops so there’s almost always one nearby pulling into and out of one. I was enjoying the adrenaline-filled 5-miles-per-hour pace that speeds along at rush hour when a bus a few cars ahead […]

Windward Notes – Fore!

by WCS Blogmeister

I used to play a lot of golf before my back and my knees told me to stop, it’s not only a fun and challenging sport but it’s usually played in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Good fun. One sunny Saturday my mentor and former PGA Tour pro joined me at […]

Windward Notes – Up and Over

by WCS Blogmeister

I got this from a friend who knew that I used to hang out (that’s a pun…you’ll see) with the filmmaker’s father back about a zillion years ago in New York. Beautiful and inspiring, be sure to go full screen for the full HD experience. https://youtu.be/Qt9xllBQTx8 And a note from someone who used to do […]

Windward Notes – Strings and Horns and Reeds, Oh My!

by WCS Blogmeister

This little bit of silliness was the result of a conversation with a  co-worker around flying (a passion of mine) where he tossed out this little nugget from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the […]

Windward Notes – Eyes Front

by WCS Blogmeister

I work in an “open office” environment that has no cubicle walls so everybody can see everybody else in their immediate vicinity. (Yeah, I was skeptical at first but it actually works really well thanks to white noise generators and the overall demeanor of the folks I work with. If the intent was to get […]

Windward Notes – The Forrest for the Threes

by WCS Blogmeister

The abstract from this thesis, emphasis added by me: “Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living is a recent composition that is quickly gaining attention in the choral world. The work exhibits unique aspects of Forrest’s compositional voice in his Requiem, including his textual changes from an original Requiem, formal designs and overall organization, melodic and rhythmic […]