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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Feb 28th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I have to organize a three-hour special service done annually on the Sunday after Easter. 12 folk songs, including a repeated chant/Polish Folk melody. I've always looked forward to this, its a serious performer-congregation Christian interaction. There's
a chance for the music to really touch the
good folk, and we can make seriously good noise.

Just to bore you with what kind of agita a Church music leader goes through, here are thoughts and mumblings, starting 3 weeks ago:

1. Damn, ML's not gonna make it. (she's a great
harmony singer, and most dependable). BAD

2. Last time I asked guitarist from old group,
I got all kinds of noncommittal replies.
So, Scratch J, good

3. Have to ask my current wanna-be Praise band
mates, but can't be excluding anyone, just
have to push uphill to get a good sound.

Have an excellent pianist, OK-to-good
guitarist/vocalist, good Lady singer,
poor guitarist/singer (who is the bossy
leader) and her 80 year old accordianist
mom (!). some good, some bad

4. Got a commitment from the first three, good!

5. Bad singer/Leader will not be around, good!

6. Frumpy Old lady who organizes the event,
finds out our other previous singer R wasn't
invited, want me to include her,
BAD (she doesn't play well with others).

7. R says she's busy (translation I don't want
to be one of 4 featured vocalists), good!

8. F.O.L. say 'no one in the congregation' likes
to hear accordian (opinion of ONE. in actu-
ality she adds A LOT to our music). This one
I'm ready to take a stand on, but she can't
make it, so crisis averted, good.

I'm getting ready for our first practice, music is all assembled and distributed, everyone en-
thusiastic. So why am I worried?

Will guitarist do his usual 'no time to practice
but I know this one' ? Will he not have his
music prepared?

Will Lady singer have family crisis beforehand,
or will her chronic voice problem reappear?

Will pianist, a govt contractor, get called away
on a last minute business trip?

Will the Church be occupied with Baptism cere-
monies till an hour before start,
preventing a comfortable setup time?

Will OldFartBassPlayer Walt stroke out obsessing
about all that could go wrong?

Thanks for listening, Rant off...

Contributing Member

So. Cal. USA

Feb 28th, 2018 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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