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  • Howard 3:56 pm on November 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gloom and doom, gomer pyle, , pbs, pbs station, singing hallelujah,   

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise 

    I was a total GP (Gomer Pyle)  last night or 2 AM this morning, and I can only imagine what my wife was thinking if she woke up to see me standing in front of our TV singing Hallelujah Chorus.   She probably thought she was married to a nut-job who walks and sings in his sleep.   All I can say is that she should be glad that I was singing in ppp instead of FF.

    For what ever reason — and I don’t believe in coincidences — she left the TV on tuned onto a PBS station that was playing G.F. Handel’s Messiah.  No picture, just audio.  I awoke to For unto us a child is born.

    In Disney’s Candlelight, the narrator gives a wonderful speech and includes part of the text from For unto us a child is born.  Of course, in the Messiah, the Hallelujah Chorus follows and of course I just had to sing my part in Tenor.

    So what does this mean. Probably nothing, but when I visited my favorite conspiracy site, there was a pleasant surprise to the normal gloom and doom.

    Hallelujah Chorus in Macy’s


  • Howard 3:42 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Rutter’s Gloria 

    This is going to take a lot of rehearsal:

  • Howard 2:58 am on July 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jury Duty,   

    A Day of Civic Duty 

    Today was “Civic Duty Day” – or better known as Jury Duty in the Ventura County, CA Court System.   It was simply an uneventful day.  One Jury was called in the morning; 1 and 1/2  hour lunch, then dismal around 4:30 PM.

    I managed to read about 100 pages of Robert Jordon’s CrossRoads in Twilight (Wheel of Time Series) which was quite amazing because I usually fall asleep in the most uncomfortable chairs.  I picked up right where I left off the last time I was a juror over a year ago…

    I practiced humming the Disneyland Candlelight Procession Tenor Part most of the day while I was awake and this helped the reading pace.  I’m sure that it annoyed the hell out of other jurors which would explain why nobody was sitting next to me.

    Driving to the Court today, I noticed a Thai food restaurant within walking distance. During our lunch break, I walked over to Jasmine Thai.  They have one of the best Thai Iced Coffees I’ve ever had.  The Panang was watery and left a strange taste.

    Walking back to the Jury Room, I took a stroll along the County Court Campus walk ways.  I practiced out loud a little more of Candlelight but ended up singing the tenor part of “Stand by Me” performed by the Crimson River Quartet shown here:

    Mernie Metzler is singing Tenor while Rick Moore is the tall bass singer.  Rick blogs over at http://HolyCoast.com and has some interesting political points of view besides being able to hit the  low notes.

  • Howard 4:40 am on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dotty Rambo, Gospel, Oak Ridge Boys   

    Listening to On the Sunny Banks 

    Arr: Dotty Rambo

    • Tom Murray 5:51 am on July 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I remembered parts of this song from way back about forty-something years ago when my grandfather sang it in a quartet and would get everyone singing it at family gatherings while he played along on his guitar (electric guitar). I was searching for lyrics in hopes of introducing it to a bluegrass band I play with. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

      • Howard 5:24 pm on July 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome! I also seem to recall it from my youth. I was looking for the Dotty Rambo arrangement to sing it in a quartet at church…

  • Howard 2:44 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    There’s No Tenor in My Voice 

    The worse thing that a tenor can have is a chest cold ’cause then you end up singing bass. — Howard Young

  • Howard 3:25 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eternal Father Strong to Save, Navy Hymn, , William Whiting   

    Veterans Day: Navy Hymn 

    One of my “fav 5’s” is the Navy Hymn (Eternal Father, Strong to Save) for all ye Sea Veterans:

    Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
    Who bade the mighty ocean deep,
    Its own appointed limits keep.

    Oh, hear us when we cry to thee,
    For those in peril on the sea.

    • William Whiting, 1860
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