juldea: (hold me!)
Hey, singers:

This Saturday at noon in the Boylston Plaza, Boston Pops peoples are organizing an event to try to set a World Record for the largest group of holiday carolers. Also, "for every person who participates in caroling, the Boston Pops will contribute $1 toward purchasing Holiday Pops tickets for children in underserved communities," which is pretty cute.

Further (but not a ton of) detail here: http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/content1.jsp?id=40400017
juldea: (hold me!)
Hey, singers:

This Saturday at noon in the Boylston Plaza, Boston Pops peoples are organizing an event to try to set a World Record for the largest group of holiday carolers. Also, "for every person who participates in caroling, the Boston Pops will contribute $1 toward purchasing Holiday Pops tickets for children in underserved communities," which is pretty cute.

Further (but not a ton of) detail here: http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/content1.jsp?id=40400017
juldea: (hold me!)
[livejournal.com profile] laurion (who runs The Acapodcast) pointed me to this today on Twitter: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130706090

It's a small "desk concert" (the group came into the NPR offices and recorded there, surrounding people's desks) of the early vocal music group Stile Antico. They're really good.

I know several people reading this interested in pre-1800s music. :)
juldea: (hold me!)
[livejournal.com profile] laurion (who runs The Acapodcast) pointed me to this today on Twitter: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130706090

It's a small "desk concert" (the group came into the NPR offices and recorded there, surrounding people's desks) of the early vocal music group Stile Antico. They're really good.

I know several people reading this interested in pre-1800s music. :)
juldea: (sleepy catball)
The weather isn't letting up, and lots of you can't make it. The concert is canceled, to be rescheduled for a later date.

Sadface.
juldea: (sleepy catball)
The weather isn't letting up, and lots of you can't make it. The concert is canceled, to be rescheduled for a later date.

Sadface.
juldea: (hold me!)
For those of you planning on coming to the concert today, we are indeed aware of the weather and its possible affect on travelling. Our plan is to decide sometime in the 12:30-1:00 timeframe, based on the weather then, if we're still going to go on. At this point, we're aware that the concert isn't going to be what we wanted it to be, but it can still be SOMETHING...

Am I correct in that many of you would not mind hearing holiday tunes in early January if we wanted to reschedule?

EDIT: Concert postponed.
juldea: (hold me!)
For those of you planning on coming to the concert today, we are indeed aware of the weather and its possible affect on travelling. Our plan is to decide sometime in the 12:30-1:00 timeframe, based on the weather then, if we're still going to go on. At this point, we're aware that the concert isn't going to be what we wanted it to be, but it can still be SOMETHING...

Am I correct in that many of you would not mind hearing holiday tunes in early January if we wanted to reschedule?

EDIT: Concert postponed.
juldea: (hold me!)
Hey, everybody! I have recently joined an a cappella group, and we are doing a holiday concert type thing! It would make me really happy to see my friends there! I know this isn't everybody's thing and that many folks might be out of town (either by default or because of the date), but if possible please spare an hour of your time and a suggested donation of $10 out of your wallet and come hear (and sing?)

Important details:
Sunday, December 20, 2:00pm
Unity Church, 6 William Street, Somerville - approx. 5 minutes' walk from Davis Square T
All proceeds go to benefit the Harvest Pantry - suggested donation $10


Relevant details:
5 women, <1 hour of singing, with a sing-along section (so you can get your holiday cheer on, too!)
Medieval and modern carols - I think out of all of our pieces, there's only one that is both a modern "Christmas carol" and that we're singing "straight." There's some really gorgeous stuff in here, guys. [livejournal.com profile] lignota is an awesome arranger.
Out early enough for a dinner mob afterwards... *tempt tempt*

Poster here! )
juldea: (hold me!)
Hey, everybody! I have recently joined an a cappella group, and we are doing a holiday concert type thing! It would make me really happy to see my friends there! I know this isn't everybody's thing and that many folks might be out of town (either by default or because of the date), but if possible please spare an hour of your time and a suggested donation of $10 out of your wallet and come hear (and sing?)

Important details:
Sunday, December 20, 2:00pm
Unity Church, 6 William Street, Somerville - approx. 5 minutes' walk from Davis Square T
All proceeds go to benefit the Harvest Pantry - suggested donation $10


Relevant details:
5 women, <1 hour of singing, with a sing-along section (so you can get your holiday cheer on, too!)
Medieval and modern carols - I think out of all of our pieces, there's only one that is both a modern "Christmas carol" and that we're singing "straight." There's some really gorgeous stuff in here, guys. [livejournal.com profile] lignota is an awesome arranger.
Out early enough for a dinner mob afterwards... *tempt tempt*

Poster here! )
juldea: (hold me!)
Hey everybody!! Sassafrass, the a cappella singing group I joined a couple months ago, is going to put on a holiday concert. It would mean a lot for me for my friends to show up and be supportive for my debut!

By concert, I mean we're five women singing fewer than a dozen songs, the whole thing will take less than an hour, and we're (likely) singing at a local food pantry and requesting people make a donation there as the price of the show. So nothing huge, formal, or requiring tons of your time. That said, the songs are gorgeous and the cause is good.

The concert is currently slated for Sunday, December 20. More details when they're hammered out, but I wanted to semi-date-grab now.
juldea: (hold me!)
Hey everybody!! Sassafrass, the a cappella singing group I joined a couple months ago, is going to put on a holiday concert. It would mean a lot for me for my friends to show up and be supportive for my debut!

By concert, I mean we're five women singing fewer than a dozen songs, the whole thing will take less than an hour, and we're (likely) singing at a local food pantry and requesting people make a donation there as the price of the show. So nothing huge, formal, or requiring tons of your time. That said, the songs are gorgeous and the cause is good.

The concert is currently slated for Sunday, December 20. More details when they're hammered out, but I wanted to semi-date-grab now.
juldea: (hold me!)
So the sight-sing I referred to in my last post occurred tonight. We didn't find a second male, but we had a soprano ([livejournal.com profile] quantumkitty), two altos (myself and [livejournal.com profile] siderea), and one flexible tenor/bass ([livejournal.com profile] luckylefty), and siderea was able to switch to tenor sometimes, so we did a pretty passable job. And I had a GREAT time! My voice is one of those things I surround with some weird baggage, but I figured what the heck, I love the song and I like people and it has been too long since I made music. The result? While my breathing is absolutely horrible, and I need to figure out how to make register changes smooth, and sometimes I get the wrong note or word stuck in my head and just. can't. shake. it. out, overall I did not feel completely out of my depth and luckylefty suggested I do more sight-singing! And, more importantly, I got out of my rut for a while and had a good time. So all in all, A+++, would do again.
juldea: (hold me!)
So the sight-sing I referred to in my last post occurred tonight. We didn't find a second male, but we had a soprano ([livejournal.com profile] quantumkitty), two altos (myself and [livejournal.com profile] siderea), and one flexible tenor/bass ([livejournal.com profile] luckylefty), and siderea was able to switch to tenor sometimes, so we did a pretty passable job. And I had a GREAT time! My voice is one of those things I surround with some weird baggage, but I figured what the heck, I love the song and I like people and it has been too long since I made music. The result? While my breathing is absolutely horrible, and I need to figure out how to make register changes smooth, and sometimes I get the wrong note or word stuck in my head and just. can't. shake. it. out, overall I did not feel completely out of my depth and luckylefty suggested I do more sight-singing! And, more importantly, I got out of my rut for a while and had a good time. So all in all, A+++, would do again.
juldea: (hold me!)
[livejournal.com profile] siderea has, in celebration of the Apollo 11 anniversary, written a SATB arrangement of Leslie Fish's "Hope Eyrie" and wants a group of a cappella sight-singers to sing it with her tomorrow (Wednesday) night somewhere in Camberville, likely MIT at this point. A soprano and a male (I'm not sure if it's T or B) are still needed to have a full set. Is anyone available/interested?
juldea: (hold me!)
[livejournal.com profile] siderea has, in celebration of the Apollo 11 anniversary, written a SATB arrangement of Leslie Fish's "Hope Eyrie" and wants a group of a cappella sight-singers to sing it with her tomorrow (Wednesday) night somewhere in Camberville, likely MIT at this point. A soprano and a male (I'm not sure if it's T or B) are still needed to have a full set. Is anyone available/interested?
juldea: (sheep french horn)
The Sassafrass Concertino 2009 album "Eclectic" (made up of life tracks recorded at the Club Passim concert as well as a few new studio tracks recorded in [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber's room) is, at least in reference to the three songs I immediately had to listen to ("Somebody Will," "My Brother, My Enemy," and "Sundown"), extremely satisfying. Major props [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots et al!
juldea: (sheep french horn)
The Sassafrass Concertino 2009 album "Eclectic" (made up of life tracks recorded at the Club Passim concert as well as a few new studio tracks recorded in [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber's room) is, at least in reference to the three songs I immediately had to listen to ("Somebody Will," "My Brother, My Enemy," and "Sundown"), extremely satisfying. Major props [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots et al!
juldea: (hold me!)
It's hard to figure out how to start this post. So I'll go with the trite and simple: today something momentous happened to me. It was a fairly normal day as far as actual events go, but as far as me internally, this day needs a big black X on the calendar. I don't know if relating it will make sense to anyone else, but here we go:

My Sunday D&D game ended early, meaning I could show up to [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots's a cappella group's concert only a little bit late instead of missing most if not all of it. I got there about 30-45 minutes in. There was a song or two, and then two of the members, the lead female and the only male, stood up front and announced, "This song is about the future," and began singing.

It's hard to describe the next few minutes. At some point early on I realized there were tears running down my face. Someone took me and who I am and my hopes and dreams and worldview and understood it all and wrote it into a song. I write and erase over and over here, and maybe I should just stop there with that description and link you to the song.

http://adapalmer.com/sassafrass/somebodywill.html

When the song ended and I had dried off my tears, I turned to usernamenumber and said, "Well, I'm done." I consider the $14 I paid to get into that concert to solely to be paid for that song. (I still stayed for the rest of the concert, and it was pretty awesome stuff, but I had been put through the wringer by that track and nothing else got as close.) When the show ended, I checked their CD's tracklist, saw the song on it, and ran out of the venue to find an ATM so that I could have cash to purchase the CD. After I returned, I found out from [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots that the female vocalist of that performance was the one who wrote the song. I approached her. I told her that the nearly-$30 I had just spent I considered solely for the purpose of that song, and that it was not nearly enough in comparison to what that song existing means to me. She responded immediately with, "Would you like the sheet music?" So now I have the arrangement for alto and tenor. Just... bampf.

I am sad to find that the album cut is a solo version and not as powerful as the live duet, but I can still sing along to it, and with the music and Ada's blessing I can take it and make it my own, and I am a different person for having this opportunity.

So that's what happened to me today.
juldea: (hold me!)
It's hard to figure out how to start this post. So I'll go with the trite and simple: today something momentous happened to me. It was a fairly normal day as far as actual events go, but as far as me internally, this day needs a big black X on the calendar. I don't know if relating it will make sense to anyone else, but here we go:

My Sunday D&D game ended early, meaning I could show up to [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots's a cappella group's concert only a little bit late instead of missing most if not all of it. I got there about 30-45 minutes in. There was a song or two, and then two of the members, the lead female and the only male, stood up front and announced, "This song is about the future," and began singing.

It's hard to describe the next few minutes. At some point early on I realized there were tears running down my face. Someone took me and who I am and my hopes and dreams and worldview and understood it all and wrote it into a song. I write and erase over and over here, and maybe I should just stop there with that description and link you to the song.

http://adapalmer.com/sassafrass/somebodywill.html

When the song ended and I had dried off my tears, I turned to usernamenumber and said, "Well, I'm done." I consider the $14 I paid to get into that concert to solely to be paid for that song. (I still stayed for the rest of the concert, and it was pretty awesome stuff, but I had been put through the wringer by that track and nothing else got as close.) When the show ended, I checked their CD's tracklist, saw the song on it, and ran out of the venue to find an ATM so that I could have cash to purchase the CD. After I returned, I found out from [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots that the female vocalist of that performance was the one who wrote the song. I approached her. I told her that the nearly-$30 I had just spent I considered solely for the purpose of that song, and that it was not nearly enough in comparison to what that song existing means to me. She responded immediately with, "Would you like the sheet music?" So now I have the arrangement for alto and tenor. Just... bampf.

I am sad to find that the album cut is a solo version and not as powerful as the live duet, but I can still sing along to it, and with the music and Ada's blessing I can take it and make it my own, and I am a different person for having this opportunity.

So that's what happened to me today.

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