Monday, January 19, 2009

The Beginning


I have been blogging for a few years now but I have mainly documented my life and have never branched into the public blog arena. However, I am attempting to change that with the introduction of this new choir blog. I will write about all things music related: songs, conductors, composers, music festivals, choristers, uniforms, touring, recording, and anything else that comes to my mind. I would also like to start profiling choristers from around the world. Overall, I just wish to write about one of my passions and I hope that some of my thoughts and stories will amuse you.

One of the most critical components of being a chorister is sharing an individual voice so that individual musical frequencies fuse with the acoustic sound being generated by surrounding individuals in order to produce a seamless, complex waveform that electrically excites air molecules and transfers to listeners. Being in a choir is not about being a soloist but working together with other musicians to become a unified vocal instrument. I know choral singing is perhaps not the most trendy musical arena since images of stuffy mass adult choirs singing ominous choruses and the sound of creaky senior church choirs arise when asked to picture a stereotypical choir; however, I know that for those who have had a taste of choral singing, there is something about being within a community of singers that seems to foster an atmosphere for musical excellence and allows choristers to connect with one another in a visceral and musically gratifying manner.

In conclusion, a quote from Sir. Paul McCartney:

"I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that"

Take care readers!