Monday, October 20, 2008


One of the things I remember best about my physical exam before I joined the Air Force (back in the day), was when they were measuring my lung volume and the nurse asked if I was a swimmer.

"No," I replied. "I'm a singer!"

I've always sung in some capacity, whether for my own enjoyment or in various choirs all over the world. Come over some time and I'll show you my scrap book with all the newspaper clippings! One's even in Croatian, and I have no idea what it says.

The past few years have been so hectic and stressful that singing was simply put aside. I'm always so busy that except for during my drive to and from work, I don't sing at all.

Sparrow over at All Atwitter had an interesting post about her choir and a recent performance, and how she regrets that a favorite piece of hers was dropped.

The piece, "Lux Arumque" by Eric Whitacre, is also one of my favorites, but reading about it brought back memories of years ago, when I was a member of the Las Vegas Master Singers.

Here is one of the works that we performed while I was a member(2002-2003), also an especial favorite of mine.

Cloudburst, also by Eric Whitacre.

I know that the piece is very long, but stick with it until the end, please. It's absolutely beautiful and unusual, and it's a joy to sing.

Someday I'll perform onstage again!

(h/t to Sparrow)


Blondefabulous said...

Rebecca just got her electives confirmed yesterday at the school. She chose Dance and Choir. OK, so she isn't going to be a band geek like her mom, but she is going to be musical. I can dig that!

Christina RN LMT said...

That's awesome! My twins in Nebraska (they live with their dad) are in Honors Choir at their high school, and I couldn't be more thrilled!

Buck said...

Chorale works ain't my cuppa, but I did stay with this until the end... and you were right Christina. Beautiful!


Sparrow said...

Get back to singing! Find a choir! You know you want to.

Christina RN LMT said...

Buck, I'm glad you liked it! It's so funny...the music I love to sing is never the music I love to listen to on a day to day basis. Nor would I go to a concert of choral music, because I always want to be up on stage, singing! I listen to heavy metal/hard rock mostly. So you'll find me singing along to Linkin Park, Godsmack, Rammstein, and Iron Maiden, etc. I'm weird, I know.

Sparrow, you are so right! I just have so much going on right now, I don't know if I can make another commitment. Maybe once Silver leaves the nest. I've been considering the UNLV Women's's open to the community. Maybe I'll rejoin the Master Singers, if they'll have me! The sad thing is that they've performed Carmina Burana since I left, and I've always dreamed of doing that! Someday...

Putz said...

i toook a breath test once to work in the bottom of a coal mine and failed it....never got to cHoke up thaT darn blcak, coal dusT....DARN

Anonymous said...

You will sing onstage again. I just know it *tear of inspiration*.

Btw, our next concert is on my and Tally's b-day! JSYK, Mom. :)

Christina RN LMT said...

Putz, you really had a lucky escape!

Chaos, is that YOU?! OMG, my darling daughter is actually commenting on my blog...I bet you got online at school, right? So your concert is on your birthday? Wish I could be there!
Thanks for your *tear of inspiration*, *lol*!
Who knows, maybe watching me rehearse and perform for so many years inspired YOU two!

Mauser*Girl said...

I'm ridiculously jealous of anyone who *CAN* sing, mostly because I cannot carry a tune in a bucket. Any suggestions on how to LEARN how to sing?

Christina RN LMT said...

Mauser*Girl, don't be hatin'! I envy you your plethora of talents, especially the artistic and animal training ones!
I'd suggest you take classes. You can take college classes to train your ear and voice, and to learn to sight-read (which I really need to do!) My sight-reading is so-so, I'm pretty good and I can fake it really well.