52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 6 at Haddon Musings

I’m thankful this week for having 45 minutes of touching, contemplative Good Friday Concert presented by the Choir and orchestra tonight. The concert presented the message of the Lamb of God sacrificed Himself for our redemption. We were grateful that our new pastor was part of presentation. He read the scripture and prayed before our singing. He appreciated the choir’s service to the church.

The choir has been singing for over 50 years. Some of the members have been together from the beginning. We are not merely a choir but a family, a support group that uplifts each other. Some members are in their 60s, 70s, even 80s. In the first photo, the members in the front row were sitting down because of their physical limitation. They don’t let their physical conditions discourage their participation in singing. In fact, praising God with their voices becomes their strength.

The former pastor who stayed with us for only a couple years almost dismantled the choir. (The previous pastors stayed for 20 years each.) We went through a most difficult time in our choir history. Yet we still met and prayed together regularly even when we were not scheduled for singing.

The new pastor embraces all age groups of the congregation. He also appreciates classical, traditional, and contemporary music. The choir has a greater hope to be included in the services in the future.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – Nixon Library

Our chorale group and the orchestra had a musical performance at the Nixon Library at Yorba Linda, California. From the entrance of the main building to the Ballroom, there were flags lined up against both sides of the walls. I couldn’t help but had a sense of reverence as I walked through the hall to enter the Ballroom. Before our performance began, I stepped outside to the garden. There were walkways on each side of the fountain, and the shrubs were pleasantly well maintained. The outdoor hallway along the main building is decorated with large pots of date palms next to each of the ceiling to floor windows of the building. I enjoyed such a refreshing sight before our performance.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – February 24, 2017

Learn a New Song

I am taking three classes from the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program. One of them is Chorale. We learned a new song yesterday. I only posted some sample pages of the song. The rhythm of this song is pretty fast. When we did the sight singing the first round, we tried to enunciate every word while learning the tune of the music. There are many sixteenth notes, that is 1/4 beat. For some phrases, we couldn’t sing fast enough to put every word correctly to watch with the notes, we often slurred through the music. After we sang through it once, we went back from the beginning to learn by sections. The director had us say the words in rhythm, then sang it slowly until we got the lyrics and notes matched. By the end of the first hour of rehearsal, we got it down quite well. We were able to sing through the whole song with the intended speed, and enunciate every word for every note. We were so happy with our progress!

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Daily Prompt: Slur

Tunnel of Music

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Tunnel of music, my great hideout

Surrounded by musical sounds

Utters my unspoken language

Sounds out my unspeakable profound

Carries me to cloud nine

Wings my spirit high

Laments the deep sorrow

Echoes in my heart’s hollow

Speaks for my heart break

Clashes my entangled struggle

Dances for the joyous chance

Drums to my rhythmic victory

Waves my dreamy fantasy

Serenate my romantic love

My symphony

My empathy

My company

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I love music. It’s in my blood. It speaks to my soul. This is part of my entry for the Loveuary Challenge at  https://butismileanyway.com
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Daily Prompt: Hideout

Daily Prompt: Rhythmic

The Sound of Music – Austria

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Austria is a beautiful country to visit. The mountain ranch is majestic. Being a music lover, traveled to Salzburg and Vienna was a thrill to me. We visited Mozart’s Birthplace, admired his statute, and enjoyed the beauty of Salzsach River. We didn’t have a chance to visit the movie site where “The Sound of Music” was made, but we drove by the Von Trapp Family Home. The color photo is from the movie, and the black and white photo is the real Von Trapp family. For more real story about the Von Trapp Family, please refer to http://www.ebners-waldhof.com/von-trapp-family.

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We went on to Vienna, and enjoyed a Romantic concert of Mozart and Strauss.

Daily Prompt: Sound

Daily Prompt: Tremble

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When I was in my late teenage, the pastor of the church discovered my singing voice. Once a month, he asked me to sing solo during the communion service. After it went on for a couple years, when the churches had combined meetings, I was the featured soloist. I remember the first few times of singing in front of large audience, I was frightened to death. My body had uncontrollable violent trembling. My knees were shaking, hitting each other. My upper and lower teeth were vibrating. My shoulders to the fists were shivering. My heart was throbbing. I tried to tighten all of my muscles to hold still.

When it was to my turn to get on the podium, I looked at the audience. I tried to find familiar faces. When I saw some, I smiled, and then my trembling stopped. I nodded to the pianist to signal him to start. Once I started singing, the trembling stopped. I had the song memorized, so I sang through the whole song with expression and with smile on my face.

The same kind of fear of large audience happened a few more time. As I continued to sing, the confidence was increased. I frequently sang solo in church combined meetings, weddings, and college annual concerts. I joined the Hong Kong Oratorical Society for years until I came to the USA. We had two performances and one TV broadcast each year. We also traveled to Southeast Asia countries for performances. Those were my memorable years.

Daily Prompt: Tremble