[Darkwood-SCA] Darkwood Choir practice CANCELLED for tonight

John Rossignol giguette at pacbell.net
Tue Jun 14 18:26:23 PDT 2005

Folks, I am very sorry, but I'm cancelling Darkwood Choir practice for 
tonight.  To put it frankly, my health sucks at the moment -- what with 
asthma problems, laryngitis, and sleep deprivation -- and one of my 
guardian angels has just convinced me not to be a fool and make things 
worse by trying to talk and sing in this condition, and by generally 
wearing myself out more.  So, I'll run away, and maybe live to sing 
another day.

I apologize to you all, and especially to Anne, who was going to let us 
use her home for practice tonight.

Na'arah, my redoubtable Choir Minion, is even now making phone calls to 
notify people of this last-minute cancellation.  Between the phone and 
the mailing list, I hope we get everybody.

On the bright side, I have accomplished a great deal of work on the 
processional music, and will upload it to the choir website as soon as I 
am fairly happy with it.  I have found that the hardest part of 
composing this is not simply writing it (which is actually pretty easy), 
but trying to make sure it will be enjoyable to modern ears while still 
staying true to the archaic genre.  We are used to music that is much 
more sophisticated.

I have also been scoring "Darkwood, the Oak of the West" for choir. 
 Currently I'm working on a 4-part version (1 soprano/teno, 2 
alto/baritone, 1 bass), but I will probably come out with a 3-part 
version, too, and we can decide which one works best for us.

See you all soon, I hope.


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