Holiday at Home
Ever really not looked forward to something that turned out to be good fun? Temporary insanity made me say 'yes' to Rev doing a mini gig in Cannon Park estate today, thinking that in a society with nearly 200 members, there should be enough people around even in summer to join in and sing. If not, there would certainly people be mad enough to drive up or down sunny Cov?
But no. Some people actually do work during summer or go on holiday. If not, those who I'd hoped to be around were at Momentum. Two sopranos had said they'd come, and with Ali and Rich (alto – or rather soprano – and bass – or tenor) at least we had someone for every section. Subtract soloist and conductor and you have a choir of 3, whereas you're used to having 20 people around you in your section. Great!
Like with all things designed to go horribly wrong, fun is the key to success, and it was. The sopranos (Steph and Stephanie) were already waiting for us, and even tricked another bass (Graham) into coming along! With six people and a guitar in a Corsa we made it all the way to CP Primary School and sang. Highlights included Ali remembering an alto part (I think it was to Something Inside So Strong); Rich singing the solo, playing the piano, and conducting at the same time (same song); Steph singing the solo for Eyes On The Prize putting Stephanie in the spotlight as the only soprano (also, this song being sung accompanied by music was a welcome first time); dynamics bass boost (with Graham and Rich making it the largest section in the same song).
We performed at the final afternoon of fun for Holiday at Home, a program of summer activities for mainly older people in the Canley area. The other acts (including a mime! And Spenny doing poetry) were very cool, and the people were really friendly. One even encouraged his friends to come and see Rev in the Piazza next year – apparently he thought us six had been convincing enough of what to expect!
Thank God for Rev – or else I would actually work on my PhD! [For those wondering, I have already done work two days this week – which doesn't mean I did two days of work, but still] Bring on Edinburgh!