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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:
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