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Music

A friend of mine just lent me a CD of a Christmas concert in which I participated during my senior year of high school. After attending my brother's high school graduation today (congratulations, Billy!) and reminiscing on my own high school experiences, this music is evoking the most sentimentality I have had about high school in a long time.

It isn't even really that I want to go back to high school--they were great years, but compared to my last three years of college, my high school years might as well have been my middle school years (*shudder*). It is an eerie feeling, though, to hear a solo I sang, to have the ability even three years later to sing along with my Tenor II parts in the various songs, and to be able to pick out the voices of my high school friends from our blended sound. I even sent my choir director an e-mail asking if there might be any more recordings which I could add to my musical library. Even though I do very little musically anymore except listen, I would definitely have been a much less culturally developed person than I am today without high school choir.

(Sorry for the sappiness of this post--my mood right now is just one big sigh.)


Furthermore

Boston's "Rock and Roll Band" is definitely the most exciting classical rock and roll song ever written/recorded/performed (click to listen, courtesy Amazon.com: Windows Media Player or Real Media Player--unfortunately, this clip ends before the coolest part of the whole song). Combine an exhilaratingly driving electric guitar line with lyrics about every boy's childhood fantasy (becoming a part of a successful rock and roll band), and you get my Pump-Me-Up Music for the weekend.

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I didn't know you were a singer, Jacob. How big was your choir? It must have been a fairly decent size to have the designation of "Tenor II" rather than just "Tenor" or even "guy."

I realize I'm a big, nerdy choir teacher who starts her first job in August, but my curiosity has been piqued.

I did sing, but I really haven't done anything post-high school. My voice has an extremely crappy range and gets very tired very quickly (I don't breathe properly or something--I never quite understood it, but it's the same reason my voice cracks a lot).

We had a very strong choir program; our Chamber Choir (composed of Madrigals, the highest choir, and Chamber Ensemble, the second highest choir, as well as any juniors/seniors who might want to sing) had usually about 50-60 singers. There were a myriad of show choirs--too many to recall how many.

Also, we (the Madrigals/Chamber Ensemble) took a choir tour every other year (because of my age, I only went once). We started a choral festival while I was there--I'm not sure if that is still going or not. Also, there was always a huge contingency of Hastings singers in All State every year because my director severely worked the system (all completely ethical, but he definitely prepped us out on absolutely everything he could).

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