Weather is just too warm. No, that is wrong. The weather is too damn hot. I saw 87F this afternoon, early. I hate it. HATE. IT.
Yesterday I worked in Lindsborg at the Red Barn Studio. I gave a tour to 4 ladies. Then I spent the day in the back studio with Alf and Maud Brorson. There were several people who came in to see them. It was a delightful afternoon. I enjoyed every moment. I do not want them to return home. I will be sad. I had meant to work but decided I deserved a Swedish afternoon!!!
Today is Palm Sunday. For lunch Elly and I went to the Swedish high school dancers dinner. They served Swedish pancakes, sausage links, and fruit. And while we ate, the fiddlers played. Perfect!!!
Then it was time for the Messiah performance. I was a bit nervous but there was no need. Presser Hall was all cooled down. The crowd should have numbered at least 1800 but was only 676. More than I expected. We sang wonderfully. The tenor was awesome. He sang his first 2 pieces with no book. Wow. Never seen that happen ever. He sings with his whole body. He moves his hands, his body, his face and head. I loved him. The soprano has a wonderful voice, as does the bass and alto.
There was a ‘celebrity’ at our performance. Senator Jerry Moran was there. I used to always vote for him but things have come out about him and never again. I was not impressed. Rumour has it that for our friday performance Gov. Brownback will be there. Even less impressed. He is an embarrassment to our state. And is hurting our schools, the elderly, women, and more. He can stay home. We don’t need his money.
We had a unique event happen during the performance. The first in at least 131 years. Jeff Wall, our director, wears a tux. His vest came unhooked. He discreetly tried to hook it himself. He failed several times. Of course, the audience was aware by this time. He finally gave us, pulled his coat up, and turned his back to the soprano soloist who fixed it. He laughed, as did the audience and soprano! He thanked her and the audience clapped!!! Jeff made Messiah history today!!
I love singing but in all my years of being there —- this is my 20th year to sing — no one has ever actually came to see me or listened to hear me or cared that I was there. My brother and I went to see Mom a couple of times towards the end of her singing as we knew the end was near. No one in this house cares if I sing or not and would never ever attend to hear me. No kids have ever cared or any other family. Sometimes it is hard to see all the family and friends there to support someone. But I got messages this afternoon and many tonite from Marian, Janet, Beth, and others that they listened because I was there. And they thought of my while they listened.
They have no idea how much that means to me. And made today soo special.
Soo. While I am on my soapbox, I want to say this. There are many people in town who think the Messiah festival is important. But do they sing? Or attend? Far too many times that answer is a resounding NO. I can think of sooo many who have good voices who will not sing. They sing in choirs or solo in their churches but not the Messiah chorus. And how many times have I heard far too many people say ‘I saw it once, no need to go again’. It is never the same. Different soloists, different director, different way of singing it, adding new choruses.
And today, a wardrobe malfunction. And IF the chorus fails and ceases to be, it will be those same people who will moan and groan of our loss. It will be their fault, not mine. Now I have said my piece.
I am sooo surprised. Willie listened to me. I told him I expected to eat out tonite. And we did. Just had pizza but it was awesome pizza.
I am ending tonite watching a futbol match of Mexico and Canada played this afternoon in Kansas City. A friend, Francisco, is there. Lucky him. Of course, he is cheering Mexico on. They are playing to qualify for the Olympics. The USA team lost and is out. They have gotten better though.
र्षा, बारिश, आज आया. हीट गुंबद दूर जा सकते हैं.
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