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Musical Nightmares

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by Gina B, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

    Dec 30, 2000
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    Last night during choir practice I was having some issues with seeing the music.

    I went to bed, and dreamed that I couldn't see the solo part and was singing it with the soloist by accident, doing a horrible job, and the person next to me elbowed me (she does that by accident anyhow, I sit halfway off my chair most of the time to avoid it) but in my dream she got me good and savagely whispered "you're ruining the song!"

    I'm not sure why it was such a big deal in my dream, but it was. Although this morning I'm laughing! I actually did this one time in another church, simply not paying attention and in my own little world and really into the song, but all that happened was the guy turned around in surprise and it caught my attention and then I turned about purple and shut up, then the whole choir and him sat there suppressing giggles until it was over. I was a lost cause for the rest of the day...
  2. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

    Dec 15, 2000
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    One time I had taken a trip with a church group to Ukraine. While there, one church asked our group to sing. We chose to sing What a Friend we have in Jesus.

    I swear we all couldn't get on any key, let alone the same key. We were all sliding back and forth trying to find commonality.

    Never again...
  3. Paul3144

    Paul3144 Active Member

    May 29, 2009
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    I was in choir one time and we were rehearsing a cool a cappella arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner". The arrangement had a rest between the phrase "land of the free" and the word "brave" at the end. Well, I wasn't paying attention to the director or my music and I barreled through into the last note. The whole choir burst out laughing.

    I'm also in an 11 member ensemble at church in addition to the choir. I sing second tenor in the choir and bass in the ensemble (baritone if there's a divisi part in the bass section). Well, we were working on this a cappella arrangement of the hymn "To God Be the Glory". It had a large amount of polyphony and it starts out with just the basses for this long section. The other two basses were absent from rehearsal that day. Once I know a part, I can hold it down independently, but doing it on an a cappella song before the other sections come in with absolutely no pitch reference was just too much. I would slowly drift off key on that long part where I was singing by myself and end up flat. That was a very uncomfortable rehearsal.
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  4. JohnDeereFan

    JohnDeereFan Well-Known Member
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    Mar 26, 2009
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    About two weeks ago, I sat in with a friend's band and we did a song that I haven't sung in about twenty years. I remembered how to play it, I just couldn't remember the words. The bass player said, "No problem. I'll just stand next to you and feed you the words. It will all come back to you and you'll remember it like it was yesterday!"

    So we launched into the song and he starts screaming the words in my ear and throwing me off, not to mention that I forgot that the song has a really high note that I can't hit anymore. I know people in the audience thought I was high or an idiot or something because I would get two words out and I would just start to remember the words when the bass player, who really thought he was helping, would start screaming in my ear and throwing me off.

    That was one of the worst disasters I've ever had on stage. Well, that and the time I strained so hard to hit a really high note that I passed gas on stage.

    So far, thank God, it hasn't turned up on YouTube.

    The good news is that I got a new guitar out of the deal. A Guild D-55. Sweet guitar.
    #4 JohnDeereFan, Aug 16, 2010
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