Did you ever try to teach your husband to sing??? It's about as much fun as....................................................? I can't even come up with a good analogy. I must say I had plenty of patience. In fact, I had a lot more patience than he has when it comes to my lack of computer knowledge. He says it's because I am a true teacher and he's not. Whatever. It sure was interesting, and I must say, the guy has talent! Actually, it was fun.
First of all, he has a very nice baritone voice. He just never knew it. Now how could he live with me and not know his strengths in singing? Because I sing and he cooks. Division of labor. We never really crossed paths until I knew I had to get him ready to sing with the other Encore singers on the QM2 cruise. Yes, Larry will be singing baritone and he WILL know the music. Can you imagine living with your conductor? I promised I would not single him out in rehearsals.
As far as reading music goes, he caught on rather quickly. I said simply, "read it like a graph" and he did. And on the page turns, I suggested he have an arrow up or down and he would know which way he was going before he turned the page. I was impressed. He was intimidated. Maybe that is why he pretty much listened! Men listening! What next? WOW! Now when he decides not to listen to me in a conversation, I'll just launch into a voice lesson. That will do it!
Only five more days until we board the QM2 and begin our Singing at Sea Journey. We are so excited. I have my evening dresses ready and he is still on a diet to fit into his tux. Five days of pure elegance. A memorable experience, I'm sure!
I just finalized ordering all the holiday music. Beautiful and fun music awaits the Encore singers. This year, with the new chorales at Schweinhaut in Silver Spring, Anne Arundel Community College near Annapolis, and IONA in D.C., we should have a fabulous sound when everyone comes together for the concerts. I am really looking forward to meeting all the new singers and of course welcoming back all my returning Encore Chorale singers. I keep saying this, but I really do have a great job!
I probably will not have another chance to write before I leave. We are sailing our beloved Cantabile over the July 4th weekend, sailing to Tilghman Island and either St. Michaels or Oxford. Then we come back to do laundry, get all the plants watered, talk to Spencer and Spicy about behaving themselves for the kittysitter, and finally pack for the cruise (full report upon my return)!
Bon Voyage everyone!