Vocalist Badge!


Konnichiwa!  Now, I am guessing I do not really have to explain how I have earned this badge.  Unless, of course, you haven’t been paying attention to my posts at all lately.  However, I can go a bit more into depth on this topic than I already have.

I remember deciding I wanted to be a famous singer when I was in about 1st grade.  Each year, for 1st-3rd grade, I had a specific objective relating to singing to complete.  I cannot remember what the other two were, but I do believe 3rd grade’s was to learn how to hold notes for a long time.  I got into choir for 4th and 5th graders both of my last years in elementary.  I hated it.  We were forced to do it, and I found it terribly boring.  Still, with the dream to become a singer, I went into choir all my years of middle school, and vocal ensemble on top of that, a select group of singers from the choir who did more complicated songs.  Occasionally, I genuinely liked some of the songs, however, I still found choir practice terribly boring.  I don’t know when, but somewhere in middle school my dreams of being a famous singer faded, as I realized while I was somewhat talented, it was a very competitive field and I didn’t really stand a chance.  However, my dream of going into high-school choir did not.  I had been looking up to them most of my time in choir, as they did fairly interesting songs.  One of my favorites has always been their rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” which I got to do my first year when I joined the choir.  The practices are just as boring in IHL as they always were in middle-school, but I endure them for the performances.  Performances I am currently not attending, but I am still glad for the practice my voice gets.  A lot of things have changed since I first dreamed of being a singer, such as what I aspire to be.  I have been thinking lately that I may go into linguistics to become a translator.  My ultimate dream at this point is to write a book that turns into a movie, a good movie, not a movie that was ‘based’ of off my book, but is nothing like the actual book.  Something that people get excited about.  Which reminds me…

No writing challenge today, just a question.  Do your interests clearly show in your characters?  Often my characters are artistic because I admire that sort of thing.  What is it that they mirror from you most?  Comment below.


Rambling Writer 😉


IHL ‘Tour’

Konnichiwa!  IHL stands for the name of the choir I am a part of, “In His Likeness”.  Every year, IHL goes on a tour that usually takes about a week, sadly, this year, several of the events we were supposed to perform at canceled on us, and we are only going to have two days in which we perform.  Yesterday was one of those, and Monday will be the last.  Yesterday we started by all meeting around 8:00, which is when we drove together in the a bus to Shady Maple, a smorgasbord that around where I live, almost everyone has gone to at least once.  I got some hash-browns  other potatoes, more hash-browns  bacon, and ham, along with a hot beverage.  Lots of meat and potatoes-can you tell I’m German?  After most people had finished their breakfasts, I moved over to listen to the conversation of the people at the end of the table, and when I realized it held little interest for me, not surprisingly, I plugged in my headphones and imagined what my characters from my current story would do if they were here.  I find that imagining sword fights on tabletops at Shady Maple is much more interesting than gossip.

After we left Shady Maple, we went to our performance at a nursing home.  You can definitely tell a choir is popular when they perform at nursing homes, right?  The nice thing about singing at places like that is that you get to make people happy.  I remember once when I performed at a nursing home, we were encouraged to talk to the residents afterwards, and one woman even cried because she was so thankful.  Of course, me being a dork, I kind of stood there saying nothing, until one of the other people there was so kind as to save me from trying to figure out how respond by coming and talking to the woman for me.

After the performance, we went to Sight and Sound, which some of you may have heard of before, where we watched a performance of Noah.  Most of the time I was rather fidgety, not that the musical wasn’t interesting, but I suppose I just had trouble sitting still in a dark considerably cramped room for about 2 hours until intermission, when I escaped outside.  They had a gorgeous fountain that I wish I could show you a picture of, but I left my cell in the theater.  I took pictures of a few other things, though, which I will show you in a different post.

After the musical, the entire choir got to go backstage, where we met the main actor of the show, who played Noah.  The entire group got to ask him questions, like “What was your most embarrassing moment onstage?” after which he described one scene in a different musical where he made a big turn and tripped flat onto his face.  He said that he remembers thinking that there was a lot going onstage, and probably no one would notice, unfortunately, the spotlight that was on him did not cut off, but followed him through on his fall.  Another question we asked him was “What has been hardest about working with the animals?”.  If you do not know, Sight and Sound is known for using live animals.  He told us several stories about animals not doing what they were supposed to, but the one I found most interesting was during one scene, a bird had to land on his hand.  Usually, it was pretty hard, but that time it landed on his hand right away.  Though, his happiness at this success was short-lived, as a bird that had not been captured after its performance earlier came to land on the side of his head.

So, I just realized how ridiculously long this post is.  I think this is going to be a two-parter.


Rambling Writer