Jun 10, 2007

End of the Season

Yes, choir season has reached an end. Treble Clef Choir sang our last Mass until September today. And, man, we kicked butt. Yeah, I know it's church not a competition but we crammed a lot of music into that service and we did a really good job. We sang Paul Halley's SSAA arrangement of How Can I Keep From Singing?; we sang a good chunk of the Gloria; we sang 2 descants; etc. etc.; and we sang an SSA arrangement of Going Up'a Yonder (which yours truly had a solo in.)

Our church was built in the late 1800s (click here for the website and then click on tour (second from the bottom on the left)) and the acoustics are marvelous - it is a glorious church to sing in. We typically sing from the choir loft and during pre-Mass rehearsals, it's not uncommon to have the echo last well past when our voices stop producing sound. This doesn't often happen during Mass though due to the influx of human sound absorbers (i.e., parishioners who have the nerve to soak up sound! ;-) ). We sang Goin' Up'A Yonder from downstairs and we rocked. It was just glorious. And the sound rang for a long moment after we finished singing.

The sound just spun - it floated there with a sentience beyond comprehension, suspending us all in just the pure joy of beautiful sound. It was one of those amazing moments in performance when you feel like anything is possible and that God is truly using your voice to wrap Gods-self through people's hearts and minds.

It was, simply, magic. And I feel so privileged and honored to have been a part of that.

What a way to end the season, huh?

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Blogger Jade said...

Sounds like a really lovely time! :)

7:06 PM  
Blogger smileymamaT said...

oh wow, what a beautiful cathedral you all have! I took the tour, thanks! Ours is very big and old and they just "cleaned" the whole brick exterior (like, sandblasted clean)so now it's so bright...very pretty too. You had a solo? Cool...

9:17 PM  
Blogger JerseyTjej said...

I tried to take the tour but it just showed one photo...maybe my computer is loopy tonight. I love a good choir, do you have a recording tape or CD?

1:29 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

Hello, I did look at your church website. I am very interested in church websites. You can find ours here Come Grow In Grace. Also, sometimes you have visited our team blog; come and see my revived personal blog, Return of the White Robin.

7:24 AM  
Blogger peppypilotgirl said...

It was a lot of fun, Jade!

Isn't P&A gorgeous, SmileyMamaT? I love the acoustics too - a WONDERFUL church to sing in.

I wish we had a recording, JT, but nope. Oh, btw, all you have to do is click on the picture to see the next picture.

I like your pastor's blog, MJD. Your church seems like a lovely comunity. Just commented on your blog tonight!

1:29 AM  

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