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Dec. 24th, 2009 08:57 pm Odd things that are problems

robot_grrl and I just got back from Christmas Eve Service at Daybreak Church. The service was as I'd expect -- a lot of music all traditional songs, but not traditional settings (since the church has no traditional choir nor an organ), and a strong and straightforward, but friendly and easy to digest message.

But what I noticed was how my surgery a week ago has impacted me. It caused me two problems during the worship singing. First, I couldn't look up at the screens as easily as I normally do, since I still (and may for some time) have trouble lifting my chin above half-way. But, of a bit more surprise since I've had no vocal effects since last Friday, was how tiring singing was.

Of course it didn't help that they sang "O Holy Night" during the candle lighting, and that song already stretches my natural range (I have to sing one or two octaves below just about everyone else to even have a hope of reaching the high notes in the chorus).

Nor did it help that early in the service the combination of signing and other factors gave me a bit of a coughing jag.

But my recovery (at least from the surgery) is well along, and I'm doing pretty good otherwise.

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Date:December 25th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
What is the church called during the daybreak service?
Date:December 26th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I joked about this as we were coming over the hill toward the church. Ron said "See, there is Daybreak." I said "I thought it was sunset."

A few seconds went by and then he groaned.
Date:December 25th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Uh, you're not thinking like a musician for the chorus - sing harmony, not melody. Sing the verses and most of the chorus in your normal range and then instead of doing the vocal swoop up, you drop to the lower octave for that bit.

Hope I've explained it clearly, I learned it listening to my dad. Although I'm an alto I can usually make the reach into soprano territory for that song, but some years I can't.