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Getting ready for the big concert

Yesterday it was mentioned at church that there is a big concert coming up this Saturday. The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra along with a mass choir from this city and some other hanger on groups such as the PA Strings are getting geared up to take over the EA Rawlinson Centre on Saturday.

Three people from the congregation are involved – Fiona who is singing with her school choir, Joanne(violin) and myself(bass).

So, now that it has been announced in church, it will be hard not to show up – which I was strongly tempted to do. There has been much practicing going on at my house. I don’t want my fans to be utterly disgusted with me!

The evening should be excellent, aside from my ineptitude at some of the songs. I’ll be quiet.

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So much to do and so little time.

Words have been sort of few and far between these days.

I guess most of my time has been spent learning things these days – or at least trying to. Both my Greek studies and my Bass practicing have demanded a lot of time lately. It is hard to sit and write a post or even have any thoughts of consequence when I just don’t have much time to sit and ruminate.

I guess I hang onto my morning quiet time and that is when I think. But go to work time seems to come so quickly that there is little time to put any of my thoughts into words before I have to head out the door.

And then there is night time. But look I really should be in bed already.

So life goes these days.

If I keep up the constant practice with the Greek and with the bass, I suspect I will be happy since I can actually see that constant practice pays off.

Oh, yeah. We had our week of prayer at the church and I did take some pictures – which I will post when I get them downloaded.

So much to do and so little time.

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Ahhhh Parties

We had a party tonight.  It was our annual Family Advent Program with the usual astonishing talent and this year it was followed by a catered finger food (ie:wings and ribs and wraps and lots of sweet stuff) meal and games night.  I think Pictionary was the biggest hit.  We had a good evening together simply enjoying each other’s company.

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And Roger had a great time – even caught up on reading the paper.  I swear this is his favorite activity!

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Among the musical greats doing their stuff was Massa with an animated version of one of the latest Lingala Christmas tunes,

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the Vandersluys Family Singers,

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And Meself trying my best to bow some tunes out of my new bass.  (You can tell I am concentrating by the serious look I have.) 

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There are more pictures which I will post over on Flikr.

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Going through my mind

As I pedaled to work this morning:

The steadfast love of the Lord never faileth

His mercies never come to an end

They are new every morning

New every morning

Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord

Great is Thy faithfulness

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It didn’t take long

for me to remember why I do not usually go to "Gospel music" concerts.  It is just not my preferred genre of music.  It does not inspire my faith.  It makes me tired and frustrated and I really don’t think it is meant to do that. 

Maybe if it was in a different setting – rather than in a church with a bunch of older people sitting on hard pews – it would be fun.  And if the music was either really "gospel" without the country or more bluesy or inspired ones feet to dance – then maybe it would be different. 

I know that tonight the keyboard player was fantastic but otherwise it was not so great.  Not that it was horrible – just not enough to leave me feeling good.

I suppose that being up till 2 am last night babysitting did not contribute to my enjoyment of the evening either.

Now off to cover my poor hanging baskets and plants so tonight’s possible frost does not kill them all and then to bed.

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Playing with the pipers

That was fun.  When one is playing a single instrument with a whole orchestra and about twelve pipers and drummers, being a little bit off or missing a note is not a big deal.  It was fun to just sort of let go and play and not worry too much about the fine tuning!

The PA Strings did play three pieces on our own.  The 1st Symphony by Boyce, especially the first movement is my biggest challenge.  It is  fast and hard to make all the note changes.  But I love the second movement – all pizzicato and slow.  And Folk Tune Air and Schindler’s list also slow and with feeling. 

So it went well. 

That is the last time we play together this season.  Next season will be interesting from my perspective.  Two of our other bassists will be gone.  Jenelle goes off to teach in Belgium and Kate leaves for post secondary education, wanting to become a pilot.  I’m glad it will be my third year with this instrument.  It does get easier every year.

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