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Come here for the latest, but if you need resources (music) or basic info (practice dates/times), go to the Choir Home Page. (Here, the newest post is on top; scroll down for older posts.) REMEMBER: Win extra entries in the iPad drawing by reading each post; see 7/15 post for details!

WHERE SHOULD MY FOCUS BE?

by: Chris Haas

07/16/2019

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I know too well the distractions and demands of modern life are profuse. From the youngest to the oldest, few are spared the onslaught. Mostly, what distracts us is both trivial and unnecessary for living. But I don't want to get into a long treatise here on what's important in life. As I've shared at practice, I strongly feel that it is tough to imagine much that fills our daily lives that even comes in a distant second to what we are doing on July 27, singing to honor first God and veterans. What we are doing is not trivial;… read more

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I know too well the distractions and demands of modern life are profuse. From the youngest to the oldest, few are spared the onslaught. Mostly, what distracts us is both trivial and unnecessary for living. But I don't want to get into a long treatise here on what's important in life. As I've shared at practice, I strongly feel that it is tough to imagine much that fills our daily lives that even comes in a distant second to what we are doing on July 27, singing to honor first God and veterans. What we are doing is not trivial; it's not unimportant; it is, in fact, one of the best things we will ever do.

So to distill it down to where our focus should be as we prepare, keep these in mind:

  1. Pray. Each day, pray for this event, for the veterans, for the singers/speakers, for our choir, and for your participation and preparation.
  2. Read. Read the lyrics of each song. It's easy to learn songs and gloss over the meaning and impact of the words, as we focus on the other musical parts. Read the lyrics without the music, and let them impact your soul. This is especially true this year with the song You Are There. In fact, I urge you to spend time reading the NIV version of Psalm 139. You Are There is word-for-word verses 1-12.
  3. Listen. Of course it's important to sing, but it's also important to not sing, and just listen (to the demo tracks). Sometimes, it's hard to keep from singing, but even singing very softly, so that you hear the recorded singers more, can be helpful.
  4. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. One of the more challenging things when doing anything well is the monotony of repetition. Whether it's sports, art, music, or any trade even, when we see a master perform, we only see the beauty and ease with which it all happens; we don't see the drudgery of repeat, repeat, repeat, that went into the "final performance." While we aren't performing at the professional level, our "final performance" can be awesome still and can have a profound impact on its hearers, but like it or not, much of that will depend on how often we each push that repeat button!

For the next 10 days, put aside the distractions of daily life when you can; give that extra effort when you're tired and it would be so much easier to kick your feet up and watch TV; and maybe even sacrifice "important" things to have time to prepare your heart and your voice for this event. Thanks so much for volunteering to do so!

Chris

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One more way to win an IPAD - READ THIS!

by: Chris Haas

07/15/2019

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For those of you who haven't heard, here's one more way to earn entries in the iPad drawing:

READ EVERY BLOG POST, THEN COMMENT. That's it. Below, there are several blog entries. Read each one, then click on the "COMMENT" button, and leave a comment. It could by anything - "Hi"; "Practiced 10 hours today" :>); or ask a question about or comment on the music. Then sign your name. Every time you do that equals one more entry in the iPad drawing.

I will be writing at least one new entry each day between now and the program, so you could… read more

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For those of you who haven't heard, here's one more way to earn entries in the iPad drawing:

READ EVERY BLOG POST, THEN COMMENT. That's it. Below, there are several blog entries. Read each one, then click on the "COMMENT" button, and leave a comment. It could by anything - "Hi"; "Practiced 10 hours today" :>); or ask a question about or comment on the music. Then sign your name. Every time you do that equals one more entry in the iPad drawing.

I will be writing at least one new entry each day between now and the program, so you could easily earn at least a dozen or more entries. That's it for today's blog post, but don't forget to come back tomorrow!

Chris

P.S. Thanks for your diligence in practice! You were sounding very nice Thursday!

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FRAGRANCE FREE REHEARSALS

by: Chris Haas

07/10/2019

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I forgot to mention last time that there are at least 2 singers who have a strong sensitivity to fragrances, so it is appreciated if all would refrain from wearing any. THANKS!
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I forgot to mention last time that there are at least 2 singers who have a strong sensitivity to fragrances, so it is appreciated if all would refrain from wearing any. THANKS!
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Back Wall Slides for YOU ARE THERE

by: Chris Haas

07/05/2019

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Some have lobbied hard for the lyrics of YOU ARE THERE to be displayed on the back wall during the performance. I only hesitated because I felt that with 8 voices, it could be difficult to follow; however, I think those concerns might be overblown. I have prepared and timed slides to appear on the back wall, and we will practice with them. For the most part, it's easy to follow; however, in one or two spots, you'll want to look closely at which lines your particular voice should follow. I've included the slides below so that you can familiarize… read more
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Some have lobbied hard for the lyrics of YOU ARE THERE to be displayed on the back wall during the performance. I only hesitated because I felt that with 8 voices, it could be difficult to follow; however, I think those concerns might be overblown. I have prepared and timed slides to appear on the back wall, and we will practice with them. For the most part, it's easy to follow; however, in one or two spots, you'll want to look closely at which lines your particular voice should follow. I've included the slides below so that you can familiarize yourself with following them while listening/singing.
A couple tips:
  1. Don't get distracted by trying to follow all the voices; just focus on your voice on each slide.
  2. It gets easier each time, so don't give up if it feels hard in the beginning. We'll clear up any confusion at practice.



















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Need More Singers! Not too late to invite others!

by: Chris Haas

06/25/2019

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We had a good practice tonight! We need 40 total singers to make the iPad contest a go, so KEEP ASKING! We're somewhere around 30 if everyone shows, so if even half of you brought just one person, that would do it; and if everyone brought one, we'd have far more than we need. But don't count on the other guy! Keep asking until you get a yes. It's not as hard as you think!

Thanks to all who came tonight! For those who couldn't make it, check back here later for updates on things we covered. And the best thing… read more

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We had a good practice tonight! We need 40 total singers to make the iPad contest a go, so KEEP ASKING! We're somewhere around 30 if everyone shows, so if even half of you brought just one person, that would do it; and if everyone brought one, we'd have far more than we need. But don't count on the other guy! Keep asking until you get a yes. It's not as hard as you think!

Thanks to all who came tonight! For those who couldn't make it, check back here later for updates on things we covered. And the best thing you can do in the meantime: listen to your practice tracks and sing along as many times a day as you can. You'd be amazed how much progress you will make in just a week if you could do that half-a-dozen times a day. Call/email/text me if you want to work one-on-one or in a small group outside of scheduled practices. I'd be happy to do that! Thanks again, one and all, and God bless you for your service to those who have already served!

Chris

P.S. Here's a clip of our practice tonight:


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All Music/Practice Tracks now available!

by: Chris Haas

06/17/2019

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You can now stream/download the practice tracks and demos (as well as some of the sheet music) at our CHOIR HOME PAGE! Happy Singing!
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You can now stream/download the practice tracks and demos (as well as some of the sheet music) at our CHOIR HOME PAGE! Happy Singing!
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EMAIL #1 - Invitation

by: Chris Haas

06/05/2019

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD EMAIL #1 (Invitation to Sing - Win an iPad!)
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD EMAIL #1 (Invitation to Sing - Win an iPad!)
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