I kind of threw in the towel as I was attempting to concoct an attention grabbing title for this one. So yeah, "Friday" does just fine.
Yesterday was such an amazing day! Our Jazz choir, 68 West, was able to leave school for the day, and go sing up in Del Norte. At the beginning of our day, we sang with the Del Norte high school choir. Their choir is fairly new, and only a few of their eight voices had been in choir before. Needless to say, this was a very new thing to them. We were able to come in, hear some of their songs, and compliment and critique them. With each point made by one of us in the audience, they did what we said, and their tone eventually started to sound fuller. It's a great feeling being able to help not only a growing community, but growing voices. An impressive thing about their choir was that they sang OUT. Sometimes with high school choirs, nevertheless new choirs in general, the voices tend to hold back and are a little bit more hesitant. These eight voices surprised us as they flipped the switch, and sang out. A highlight of my time there was getting the chance to meet a freshman named Ryan. As we were about to head out, Ryan introduced himself to us, and we got to know him. After his teacher, Mr. LeBlanc, suggested him to show us something, Ryan sat at the piano and proceeded to play "Imagine" by John Lennon. It was one of those moments where you have to sit back, and literally enjoy the music. With the business of our choir's day, the only thing that was on our minds was where we were going next, how our voices were feeling, what time it was, etc. Ryan created a short pause in time, and sat our minds down for just a moment. Towards the end of the song, our choir started to come in and harmonize with his singing of "Imagine." What a simply beautiful experience. He then went on to tell us that his dad taught him how to sing, and thanks to God and Mr. Leblanc, he was able to pick up that quick tune on piano. An amazing experience to say the least. That night, we went to the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte, ate some DELICIOUS high end food, and then sang for a group of about 70 people. They even asked for an encore :)
This morning, my voice is gone. My asthma has gotten a hold of my cough and my voice has been slowing falling away. Along with that, we sang our hearts out last night. Was it worth it? Why yes, yes it was. Voices have the ability to come back. Moments like yesterday's are a once in a lifetime thing.