We Must Sing

 Posted by on Saturday, November 7, 2020  The Choir Diary
Nov 072020
 
We Must Sing

For a singer, singing isn’t a choice. It’s a compulsion. We must sing. In the shower, in the car, nursery rhymes, the happy birthday song… every chance to sing is a happy moment. For the choir creature, the highest form of singing is in harmony with others. We join our brothers and sisters around the [read more…]

Sky Loom

 Posted by on Tuesday, November 3, 2020  The Choir Diary
Nov 032020
 
Sky Loom

In November 2016, we performed “Sky Loom” by Jean Belmont Ford at First Congregational Church of Boulder. In light of the devastating fires we’ve experienced in Colorado in 2020, it feels timely to revisit this piece which Belmont Ford composed from two North American Indian texts “intended to symbolize the intertwined threads that link a [read more…]

Utopia

 Posted by on Monday, October 26, 2020  The Choir Diary
Oct 262020
 

Margaret R. Friesen; Utopia There. It is over there; Can’t you see it? Far away and There. Here? Crying and Sleepless nights. Here? Things end, There’s no room There. Is everything Although not everything I guess because There’s no crying there Or there shouldn’t be. There’s everything that could be but there… There isn’t There [read more…]

Some Things Are Different…

 Posted by on Tuesday, October 20, 2020  The Choir Diary
Oct 202020
 
Some Things Are Different…

…some things are the same In these last 6 months, choirs have had to reinvent how they make music together. When we went into isolation this past March, Cantabile began meeting through video conferences. We quickly learned that the things we had taken for granted were now technologically puzzling, if not impossible. We discovered that [read more…]

Finding a Way…

 Posted by on Monday, September 28, 2020  The Choir Diary
Sep 282020
 
Finding a Way…

Contributed by a small group of Cantabile singers, the Garage Singers. When the necessary reactions to COVID were enforced, the idea of not being able to gather weekly to sing was devastating. But the perseverance and careful caution of a determined few has helped me fight the isolation in a more expressive way than I [read more…]