Windward Notes – Wave ‘Dem Arms

by WCS Blogmeister

If you’re new to singing in front of a conductor this is for you. You see, there really is a method to the madness of Susie’s flailings and I wanted to clue you in. All of the time signatures that we use have a standard pattern of flailing and I wanted to share them with […]

Windward Notes – Five Months is But a Moment

by WCS Blogmeister

A quick reminder: the opinions expressed and the order of the words in Windward Notes are mine and nobody else’s. They do not reflect the views of and are not influenced or reviewed  by the Windward Choral Society, its members, its Board of Directors or anybody else on the planet. I got a little feisty […]

Windward Notes – Mismatched Matches

by WCS Blogmeister

There are some words that just go together. The two add up to something that makes perfect sense and there’s no confusion about what’s going on. Some examples: “Richly Decorated” “Regular Exercise” “Excruciating Pain” (yeah, it’s not much fun but they DO go together well) “Vaguely Remember” “Get Drunk” (which leads to the “vaguely remember” […]

Windward Notes – Reflections on a Decade #1 (Her and Us and Them)

by WCS Blogmeister

This begins a series of monthly blog entries focusing on our 10th year and all of the fun, laughs, tears, bizarro warm-ups, even more bizarro international music and…well…everything that took that that first group of a couple dozen curious singers (and not-so-singers) through the journey that’s gotten us to this milestone. And evolved us and […]

Windward Notes – Doo-Doot-Do-Doodley-Do

by WCS Blogmeister

A few months back I pounded aimlessly on my keyboard about how to sing the intervals between notes to assist in sight reading:  and prior to that a piece about a song that was really helpful in understanding those intervals. I assume that you’ve read and memorized them and gotten a tattoo of the really good […]

Windward Notes – Not the One Who Takes Tickets On the Train

by WCS Blogmeister

So we get this big pile of music in a few weeks and then Susie starts teaching us how they’re supposed to (going to) sound and she waves her arms and makes funny faces and eventually it all comes together. But what happened before that? What did our fearless leader do? Having done this kind […]

Windward Notes – (Vocal) Fry Me To The Moon

by WCS Blogmeister

I’ve been singing in some sort of organized, conducted choral music since I was in the 6th grade so it’s not often that I run into something applicable to choral singing that I’ve never heard of before. Today I did and 1) it makes sense, 2) it tracks with similar stuff in life that also […]

Windward Notes – The Scarecrow Said It

by WCS Blogmeister

I haven’t had the occasion to do much (okay…any) singing this summer. Way too many events, visitors and home improvement projects have chewed up my days like locusts through a wheat field. At least the TV hasn’t take up much of my time. No summer sports I care about and the steaming pile of reality […]