Thursday, December 29, 2016

This Christmas Season 2016

Christmas this year was/is unusual.  It was very musical choir-wise, not harp though (at least - not played by me, we did a special piece with choir and a professional harpist).  I was on the "bad list" at work, so was scheduled for all of Christmas, other than a small window of time later on Christmas Eve. Robert is in Portland, and Julie and Tyler went to Michigan since I was stuck working.  So our big family dinner is yet to come.  But I will give you the highlights so far, starting from early December.

Early December: 
Handel's Messiah, a new church for us, with a new choir.  
I was asked to sing a "O Thou That Tellest", my first solo.  
It was nerve-wracking, but all went well.

Our fireplace needed extensive repairs: 
Tuck-pointing, chimney cap, a stainless steel liner, and a fan.  ($$$)  
But all is well, and I love being able to use the fireplace again.  

Before Christmas frivolousness:
Christmas red toenail polish!
(And a kitty who likes to rub his chin on toes!)

Christmas Eve Choir Music:
Multiple pieces, including selections from Britten's "Ceremony of Carols".  
We had Ben Melsky as our harpist (awesome, playing the difficult harp accompaniment).  
I practiced long and hard on this piece.  
Musically it is difficult, but also the text is Middle English and Latin.  
(Here's a sample: "Wolcum Yole!" Voci Nobili with harpist Willy Postma)

In a nice surprise, we have been slow at work.  I had to go in from 11 AM to 3 PM, but then was downstaffed for the rest. Paul, Kristin, and I had a nice Christmas Dinner together - enjoying each other, but missing the rest of our family members. But we will all be together next week.  Julie and Tyler are home, and Robert will be visiting from far away Portland.  
(I haven't seen the lad in four whole months!)

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