I consider myself very lucky to be among such talented people. One of our singers, Phil Anctil, baritone with Langston Brown Encore Chorale, recently won first place in the Channel 7 WJLA News Cherry Blossom photo contest (Photo on left). His photo is just gorgeous and I want everyone to see his work. We are all proud of you Phil.
This morning I was sitting staring at the bay while waking up and a strange sight caught my eye. Birdfeeders are for birds, but apparently not ours. There was a cute, big raccoon munching away, enjoying his breakfast. He- she was actually hanging upside down from the feeder. Thinking he was going to eat all the seed we had just put in the feeder, I went outside after about five minutes and watched his hysterical dismount right into the roses. Another great reason to live where we do. Never the same scene.
Last night the usual Sunday evening cruise ship headed down the Bay, but it was about two hours later than normal, so all the lights were on. Beautiful!
We spent the entire weekend working on Cantabile and that makes two weekends in a row. It is back-breaking work putting on those coats of varnish. It takes five hours for each coat and count them………..we put four coats on. Tonight will be the last coat. It is quite a process. Larry sanded all the varnish off. Then you have to make sure the teak is cleaned. Then you tape up the entire boat with blue varnish tape so you don’t get varnish on the gel coat. Then you do the varnish. But you have to do all four coats within a time frame of about 10 days, because the tape will not come off easily if you let it set. I keep saying that varnishing is not in my job description. ………………………………………………… And then there is the cabin sole where you have to varnish your way out of the boat. And then I had to go backwards up the companionway steps, varnishing as I went. So if I look like my back hurts, you know why.
The chorales are really close to performance level. I will just keep saying “watch me” over and over. It is starting to happen! We have a few pieces memorized. Memorization makes all the difference in the world. It gives the singers more freedom to have fun. But it can be downright terrifying too. All I want is for the singers to have a grand time. I am really looking forward to all eleven concerts. Every season I say I will not do more than six concerts. Guess I haven’t figured that one out yet.