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This Day in My History

2000:  A Day with Grandma
2001:  Happy PC Holiday to You
2002:  Faded Photographs
2003:  15 Minutes at a Time
2004:  It's the Night Before Christmas
A Lump of Coal

My 2006 Holiday Letter

"A Christmas Carol"

Books Read in 2006
(Updated 12/8
"Tender at the Bone")

Currently Reading
"The Cat Who Could Read Backwards"
"Dog is My Co-Pilot"

"DILO 12/06"

DILO 12/06
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Mefeedia Video Archive

My Favorite Video Blogs

Desert Nut

(for others, see Links page)

Look at these videos!
Trip to Al Hirschfeld's Studio
Senior Wences
Christmas Mania
(Il Divo)
Schweaty Balls
(Alec Baldwin)
Little Drummer Boy
(Bing Crosby and David Bowie)
Blue Christmas (Celine Dion)

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24 December 2006

One wonderful thing about the Internet is that it offers the possibility for people who live thousands of miles apart to still work together on projects.

Paul Knight, one of the vloggers, from England (whom I met at Vloggercon this year), invited me and several others to be part of a global Christmas sing-a-long.  A guy from France was going to play Adeste Fideles on the guitar and record it, Paul would send the recording to each of us, we would sing our own version to that accompaniment and Paul would edit it all together it at the end.

Well, it turned out that there were technical problems in getting the guitar accompaniment, so Paul sent out a call for help.  I asked Jeri if she would be willing to record the accompaniment.  Ever the perfectionist, it took her an hour and a half of researching the cords on the Internet and recording it, but when it was over, she had an mp3 file to send out and Paul shared it with all of us.  I had hoped Jeri would be here in Davis before he needed my contribution, so we could include Jeri adding the clarinet "live" to her piano recording, but Paul needed it the day before she arrived, so I just sat here by myself, at my desk, singing to the mp3 playing on the computer.

I am not a singer, but there was a time when I sang quite a lot, actually.  I was always in choirs in high school, and then sang with the choir for the Newman Center, which was probably the height of my singing.  We did a Mozart Mass, a lot of German stuff (which I didn't much like), a lot of Gregorian chant, and I really loved singing in that choir.  I even had a quasi-solo one time.  The alto soloist wasn't able to make a performance and the director took two of us who had decent, but not solo-quality voices, and made us the "Benedictus girls," and we, jointly, did the "solo."

We then moved to St. Jarlath's parish in Oakland, where I again joined the choir.  It was a big step down from Newman, but we still did some pretty complicated stuff, always more fun than your run-of-the-mill church music. 

When we switched to Corpus Christi parish, the choir was earnest and sincere, but we rarely did anything challenging.  Still, I loved to sing and I remember being able to sing while nursing David, hidden under my poncho.  Everyone always complimented me on how well behaved he was.  Not even my choir mates realized I was nursing him!

When we moved to Davis, there was no real choir at our parish (there is now, but there wasn't then and I'm not part of the parish any more), which preferred the "everybody sing" approach, so no opportunity to sing anything other than the simple tunes in the hymnal.

I "accidentally" auditioned for a Davis Comic Opera show once, when I stopped by auditions to talk with the director about helping with publicity and got roped into singing, because he thought I was there to audition.  Very embarrassing, and I was too embarrassed to let him know that I really wasn't a singer.

As I said, I haven't sung in years, other than along with CDs in the car.  I am aware that age and weight have significantly diminished breath control, but John Denver or Idina Menzel don't mind when you're singing with them, because they can't hear you.

It was with some fear and trepidation that I sat here to sing all by myself, knowing that I was going to be sending this recording out to Paul, where he would take what I'd done and mix it with what others had done and release it for the whole world to see.  I had no idea what the voice quality of any of the others was, though DesertNut and Missbehavens both told me they weren't really singers (ultimately, they never got video to Paul, I note).

This morning the message I'd been both looking forward to and dreading arrived:

Thanks for contributing here is the finished article, I hope I did  you all justice, I had so much footage I had to cut it down to three  versions in different languages of the first verse, so all those you  gave me multiple verses, thanks I am sorry I didn't have the chance  to use more of your footage.  I hope you like this, Rachel directed  and I edited.

I checked out this link, which didn't work because I don't have the right version of QuickTime on my computer, so I checked the alternate link, and there it was:  our global collaboration.

Uploaded by pjkproductions

It's surprisingly good.  Much better than I anticipated.  Oh, none of us is good, but Paul cut it so that it all comes across as what it really is:  full of heart, if not vocal talent!

I hope you're able to see it.  It was really fun to be a part of it all.

Featured Holidailies Entry:  Take Joy  by Music and Cats.

I'm borrowing Jim's idea and putting in here an brief intro for folks who might wander in from Holidailies. I'm a 63 year old woman in California who works as a faux theatre critic for the local paper and do transcription for a psychiatrist at home.  I bottlefeed orphan puppies for the SPCA and post a lot of video of them on line.  Walt and I have been married for 41+ years.  We have 2 unruly dogs of our own, Sheila and Lizzie, and three living adult children, Jeri, Ned and Tom, each of whom has a partner/spouse (Phil, Marta and Laurel, respectively).  I've been writing this journal daily since March of 2000 and have posted nearly 2,500 entries.  Anything else you want to know can be found in "100 Things About Me."


This is feeding time--me feeding one pup
while Walt is placating another.


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