Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"We Remember" on Wednesday - Ode To Joy | Muppet Music Video | The Muppets

Our kids loved the Muppets but I think their dad loved them more.  He was the one who knew the times and made certain they were there with him when the show came on.  Here is one good reason for kids to watch.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Musical Monday - BBC Proms 2011: Tim Minchin - F Sharp (Comedy Prom)

Sometimes we get WAY too serious about some of our musical details.  Some people get bent out of shape because someone doesn't think an auditioned choir is the highest form of choral work.  Others think we should never use sheet music.  I on the other hand, believe there is room for it all. 
We need to be true to the music.  Good tone production, rhythm and harmony are paramount.  Whatever our format, teaching and supporting people who want to learn and grow are SO important.  
Not taking ourselves too seriously really makes it work.  There are any number of ways to get to the same goal that of really well done music that people enjoy producing.  
However, that being said, wait until you hear how this comedic bit has a really tough half tone.  Tim Minchin is a really great musician.  There is nothing harder than singing what seems like a "wrong" note.  Although it is in fun, it is really good musically.  What do you think? 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Musical Monday - A Thedford Adventure

One of our basses, Paul, has been working with a group of people who for the last 10 years or more have been quietly working with the workers who come all the way from Mexico to work on our farms here.  They have transportation limitations, language barriers, and often feel isolated.  It was a chance meeting of two workers who actually knew each other and were working not far apart and yet had not known that they were even in Canada at the same time.

From there, a small group of dedicated people started a service that these "guest" workers could attend done in Spanish for them.  A meal became part of the evening as many workers came right out of the fields.

Image result for clip art guitarPaul and his musical friends in the Men of Song from Strathroy, joined in the planning of a fund raising evening to be held at the Thedford Arena.  We also got invited to participate.  What a great evening it was!!!

Although some of the workers weren't allowed to leave the fields at the last minute, many attended to play soccer and share a barbecue.

ETS members all had to drive more than an hour to attend but oh we are so glad we did.  There was our Kristy playing the piano with the Presbyterian minister and her guitar and another church member and her uniquely mellow bongo.  They played familiar songs and the audience just joyfully joined in.

We sang with a small but mighty group and they did a fabulous job of Hallelujah, Wonderful World, You Raise Me Up and The Storm is Passing Over.  Then the Men of Song joined us and we sang a number of hymns including Just as I Am, In the Garden, and No Tears in Heaven.  Wow!

The service continued in Spanish with guitar and spiritual songs and very energetic participation from the audience.

All the while, there is food still available at the side of the auditorium for those coming in late from work.  The homemade goodies and coffee and water were abundant and people just got up and got what they wanted as the evening progressed.

This was a unique and wonderful opportunity for ETS to be able to  participate.  Thanks to Paul and a wonderful group of kind of generous people that this opportunity is available to the workers to not only have a spiritual home but a place to meet fellow workers and socialize.  Bravo all!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"We Remember" on Wednesdays - The BEATLES "Birthday" song

Somebody is having a birthday today.  This is for you.  The rest of us can save this in the archives and play it with lots of great memories.  Gotta love the Beatles.