Windward Notes – Where It All Began

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I haven’t really been a please-add-your-comments-to-create-a-blog-entry guy but I just couldn’t resist this one time. I was digging through a mountain of choral music in the library of my choir director gig and ran into some pieces that I remember singing in church back about a thousand years or so and had a thought (stop […]

Windward Notes – It’s a Canadian Thing

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YouTube can certainly be a vast wasteland of absolute time-wasting dreck. Every now and then I’ll stumble upon something that makes me think 1) what on the vast green earth would possess someone to film this and 2) what in the vast blue ocean would make someone post it (and then I feel a little […]

Windward Notes – Reflections on a Decade #8 (Oddities)

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So a family member of mine was cruising the blog and mentioned in an email that, although she’d known me most of my life, she’d had no idea I was so bizarre and twisted (I suspect she was fibbing, it’s not like I hide it). I found it difficult (impossible) to disagree. She had also […]

Windward Notes – Comfortable Music

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The Blogmeister is on vacation next week so I thought I’d just drop a quick note in here and be back for our regularly scheduled sillines on the 22nd. —– Dear Susie, I was going to rehearse at home last night. Honest. But I couldn’t… I’m sure you understand…

Windward Notes – Complaining to WHO!?!?

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I was telling this story to a friend of mine and he thought it would be great for the blog…so here it is. —– Back in boot camp I was the Recruit Petty Officer in Charge and Conductor 0f the choir segment of a “Triple Threat” Division (choir/band/drill team). Even though there are those who […]

Windward Notes – A Beer in the Hand…Or Not

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Consider this sentence: “I saw a man sitting at a bar with a beer.” Which could mean, depending on the interpretation: “I saw a man sitting at a bar holding a beer.” “I saw a man sitting at a bar with his beer on it.” “I saw a man sitting at a bar that had […]

Windward Notes – Hide In a Bunker

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An actual pre-concert quote from an actual member of the Windward Choral Society: “My wife likes me better when I’m singing in the choir. Best therapy ever.” Amen to that, brother. I don’t know about the rest of you but the Christmas music playing in the background EVERYWHERE takes all of about a nanosecond to […]

Windward Notes – Reflections on a Decade #7 (The Magic Touch)

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Susie has been saying it for 10 years…make eye contact with your audience. Make a connection with your audience. Also, look up from your music and watch the conductor (a subject for another day). That connection is one of the reasons that I sing in the Windward Choral Society. There are actually two: the one […]

Windward Notes – Hidden In Plain Sight

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Ah, concert night. A nice case of the butterflies, singing with the your friends, the crowd goes wild and all is right with the world. Our (always appreciative) audience came for a great show and weren’t disappointed and went back to their cars (in the rain) with big smiles on their faces. They saw and […]