Imagine me singing a parody of an old Sesame Street song.
I didn’t FORGET that I had ZOOM chorale rehearsal last week.
I forgot it was already THURSDAY!
One constant on my rather blank weekly calendar is to go into the empty office of our local charity every Wednesday and pay the bills. I am the treasurer. Last week there was a Wednesday meeting there, so I went in on Thursday instead.
24 hours later I realized it was Friday. I had missed the previous evening’s ZOOM rehearsal. Singing online, at home alone with a virtual chorus is a very different experience.
A lot of our lives are different lately. Adjustments required!
We stopped our in-person rehearsals in mid March even though there were only 18 COVID cases in our entire state at that point. Our director read about a choir on the west coast that had several members sickened and even a few deaths after a rehearsal even though they had tried to take precautions.
Better safe than sorry he figured and he was right.
Being in a rural area, it took awhile for reality to reach us, but our numbers have climbed steadily upward every since. It doesn’t help that I live in what I call “denial central” where many are observed wearing masks only to enter a facility and removing them afterwards. I’ve heard it happens in churches too,
Still, it’s important to keep up with our own good habits. Healthy eating and exercise of course, but as our director pointed out, continue to exercise our voices too.
He was right. At our first rehearsal he explained that everyone’s microphones would be muted except for his. So while all were singing, all I could hear was the director playing and me singing my part. Wow, 6 months made a big difference. I could hardly recognize my own voice. Terrible breath control too.
Just like it is important to keep up with daily physical (and mental) exercise, the muscles used in singing need regular workouts as well.
There were 30 of us in attendance
This is how we rehearse now. I’m top row, 2nd from the left.
Someone asked why not have us all sing together – turn the mics on.
LOL - Because of the different data rates in our Internet access, the result was hysterical.
However, just like regular physical workouts make our muscles gradually stronger, I notice that my voice is coming back too.
I want to use this enforced time of adjustment to not lose ground.
Maybe I can even improve in some areas.
Yes, we need to take care of ourselves, but there is a Spark Friend who is not only doing that but improving her community at the same time.
Using Covid time for the betterment of her community, she saw a need and took care of it
Phebess, the spark friend I met up with in Chile in February isn’t on her home turf, but I bet the community in which she has found herself will always remember her.
For those unfamiliar with the Sesame Street Song, here’s a short version