Thursday, November 10, 2011
Compared to many - perhaps even most - people, I lead a very vanilla life. I've learned to be okay with the fact that I have few extreme likes and to appreciate that I'm not terribly adventurous. That said, I do have a few things in which I genuinely take pleasure.
When my mom-in-law invited me to join her Sweet Adelines chorus this summer, I looked forward to trying it out. This activity would combine two of my favorite subjects: music and learning (learning, because I know relatively little about Barbershop singing...actually, I don't know much about singing of any kind, least of all Barbershop). I also figured that joining would get me out of the house once a week for something other than schooling or teaching piano.
To date, I've truly enjoyed myself at chorus rehearsal. The ladies are amazing. They gave me tons of literature on what, exactly, Barbershop singing is and made the qualifying process as painless as singing-a-capella-in-front-of-other-people-while-staying-on-pitch could possibly be. (Okay, maybe that wasn't so vanilla, after all!) I'm learning a lot about this form of music; I'm having fun while doing it; and hopefully I can help contribute to the group's performance at Nationals next October.
While costuming and stage makeup aren't generally things that fall into my comfort zone, it's good for me to try something a little out of the range of vanilla. At least I'll be colorful even if not comfortable!