Jonah and the Wailers are back in business. *guffaw* (I’m sorry, I can’t even take myself seriously given that I sing with a choir by that name.)
I could live with it if the were actually a church based choir. I know churches well enough that I believe them capable of coming up with such a twee name. (At least the churches of my youth. The one I work at now would die first… (well… not literally…))
But really, how can we be even slightly appealing to the public with such an appelation?? I believe I need to come up with another name to refer to them for this forum so that I can keep a straight face and not sound like a freak.
Anyway, now that I have made it perfectly clear I think we are mad, I was delighted to be back in the fold and singing (oops, nearly wrote sinning!!!) with the choir tonight (it has been more than a month since my last rehearsal). They performed the 1st of 4 concerts (the next is in June) while I was in NZ and while a good time was had by all, I think the general consensus was that things ‘could have been better’. In my dreams it was because they didn’t have the benefit of my glorious soprano in the upper echelons of the music.
In my dreams!
I hasten to add that this is not a professional choir by any stretch, in fact it isn’t even an audition choir. Truth is some of us suck at singing. (This is where I point out that I am not referring to me just now…remember? I spent 3 years majoring in vocals at Performing Arts College…). Singing with Jonah, for me, is about getting my confidence and love for the art back not about becoming world famous in Australia.
The confidence part is well on its way, thanks. We are singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow” this term and while the words have been changed for political correctnes (“when my Lord is my portion” appears in our version… the more familiar version mentions that scary guy, you know… Jesus being one’s portion, and we can’t be having that can we???(good grief!)).
So, on Monday nights I may sing, “my lord”, but in my head I’ll be singing about he J guy, so I can live with the changes for one night a week. The biggest deal is that I’m singing, and I’m totally loving it.
For the 1st time in almost 3 years.
And that’s the main thing.