29
Jun
12

Day seven

This morning we had an early start. We still had breakfast at the Morning Star Diner, but we left from the diner at 6:30. We walked from there all the way to The Today Show, on the Rockefeller Plaza. When there were ad breaks or segments elsewhere, the hosts were as friendly and personal as they could be to the crowd gathered, but it was easy to see how busy and pressed for time they were. We were in the background of one of their segments and got to sing briefly, but for some reason they didn’t want us singing while they were talking. Pfft. I want my rights to free speech! Then again, we did get about a 45 second segment, which was amazing to have broadcast on national television.

After standing, waiting and performing in spurts for an hour or two, we wandered down the plaza to the Rockefeller Centre, where we got to have the Top of the Rock tour, travelling up to the 70th floor. The height was somewhat dizzying, but the view was amazing.

Our workshop followed, where we looked at some Iain Grandage works, the Australian Bush Songs and Shore. It was good to hear more about the songs from Phillip – it reminded me a lot of the sort of tone that was supposed to come through in the way it was sung, and I learnt some more that I didn’t know about the songs before. Breaking down the bird sounds in Birds, the third of the Australian Bush Songs, was interesting, and Elliott spoke about the harmonics the choir uses in several of our songs. Now I have to figure out how to do it myself!

After a rehearsal at the Merkin Concert Hall, we headed back to our rooms for a short rest, before returning that evening for the performance. We sang our little hearts out, and got to perform (for my first time) my favourite song from the choir’s This Land CD, The Owl and the Pussycat. I love singing unaccompanied, as we always do, but the piano in this particular song is stunning, and was played brilliantly by Chris. Ahh, tangolicious!

All up, a success!

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1 Response to “Day seven”


  1. 1 Mark Schuldenfrei (Bass, Sounds of Concord)
    June 30, 2012 at 03:16

    You wouldn’t, by some chance, be able to provide a link to that 45 seconds on the web, would you?


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