If things are dragging try "Firebird" (Strvinsky). If you want to
slow things down try Albioni's "Adagio" or Pachebel's "Canon" and if
you want real inspiration try most anything by Bach. Also,
traditional Bluegrass works for cleaning the shop or hand sanding. For
I like the music of the New College Choir, Oxford. I've been trying to
preach about choral stuff for a long time (having spent some time doing
it). Give a listen to composer Dmitri Bortnyanski (sp?) and to a lot of
stuff by Chanticleer (men's group). Just great.
p.s. In my last ad for "Kind of Blue", I left out Cannonball Adderly.
Perhaps in a similar vein, I was exposed one April morning to The
King's College Choir practicing. The windows of the chapel at
Cambridge University were open and the voices floated across the lawn
on that unusually warm morning.
It was as eery as it was fantastic. I was spell-bound.
I do like King's College stuff. Try also Concordia College (Minnesota)
or Augustana choirs. Them Lutherans do sing good. Concordia does a
good job with "Salvation is Created" (Tchesnokov (sp)). Joy.
A high point of our Christmas season is singing in a chorus of may 125-150
voices, singing Handel's Messiah, with an orchestra of maybe 60 players.
We're on our 14th year, but this group has been going on for about 35
It's nice to have a change of pace.
First tenor. With one of my sons also a tenor, another a baritone, wife
and a daughter-in-law in the soprano section, and another son playing lead
bassoon. It's really very special. Three performances a season, after two
months of Sunday evening practices.
It's not at all like singing in the church choir. ;-)
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