Good Morning, Dear ChoirOnes-
Wasn’t last weekend terrific! Thanks so much to those who were able to attend Saturday and/or Sunday (and many folks both days). We had by far the largest representation of any choir, both days.
As I’ve said, Glen Thomas Rideout is a remarkable singer/songteacher/songleader, drummer, pianist and charismatic (in a nice way) personality. Very solid all-round musician in many styles, and a pleasure to make music (and service) with. I so enjoyed learning and singing under his direction on Saturday- and was delighted by his repertoire (and the fact that he approaches clapping as I do- it’s a two-gesture activity!). I personally like the rote-learning model, especially for simpler, congregational music, and we can be exploring this modality even more in services than we have the last few years. We’ve already noticed over the years how being off-book can improve some aspects of singing, especially in vernacular styles. And I thought the Union Service was engaging and even at its best inspiring- thanks SO much for being a part of it!
And for attending and/or performing at the Latin Touch concert- yet another very professional-sounding and exciting evening of fine music (and food). The Messengers have become a very impressive group over the years, and the Chalice Swingers have never sounded (and looked) better. And what a joy to hear Michael in this context!
I’m so proud of and pleased with (and for) you all!