Monday, May 18, 2009

Oh The Joy

I sing in a 34 voice chorale. Our season runs from September through May and we just wrapped things up on Friday with our final concert. It is such a privilege to sing with this group of men and women. Our directors and accompanists are so talented that it makes rehearsals inspired and enriching. I stand in the center so I am able to have the music surround me as we perform. At times I get so emotional with the music that we are creating I can hardly sing for the lump in my throat. It is a true blessing in my life.

My singing career started really early, at about age 4. I sang on many stages in many places. None of them were famous but I thought they were impressive. My favorite stage was the ramp at the top of our driveway in front of the garage. I could ride my tricycle and sing at the same time. Another favorite place was sitting in front of our console stereo and using the front rim like a piano keyboard. That way I could put an album on and sing and "play" to the music. My favorite song to sing was "Belly Up To The Bar Boys" from the soundtrack to the movie "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" starring Debbie Reynolds. And of course there was the bathroom. The way my voice resonated in there was amazing! I sang about everything and anything. The neighbor girls would join in too and we wrote our own songs that we sang while we played our guitars. It was lovely and our parents enjoyed the little concerts we put on.

I gradually advanced to real choirs starting in 5th grade at Tilden school. Then on to Jr. and Sr. High School in both girls and mixed choir. I even had the honor of receiving a few awards at music contest in High School. Needless to say, music has been a part of my life forever. I actually think that I must have started singing in the womb. It has always been part of my life. And always will be.

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Is there anything in your life that has always been there?


Kathleen said...

No wonder your joy permeates your posts! I can sure can relate to that welling up of emotion when you're part of a choir. I think the harmony and resonance affect us on so many levels--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sigh...I wish I had a voice. Where does your choir perform?

Grace Albaugh said...

We perform in different places around the Twin Cities. I'll let you know the next time we have a concert. It will be early December. Thanks Kathleen.

Cheffie-Mom said...

My daughter has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. But she did not get her voice from me. LOL!

The Things We Carried said...

It singing for me too. That and books.

Marvin D. Wilson said...

I really miss singing in choirs. I was choir president in high school and sang in college choirs, but it's been ages. Loved this post - brought back such sweet and powerful memories. :)

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