Friday, March 31, 2017

Crazy Sore From Singing

From 1 pm - 5:30 pm with a tiny bit of a break while younger classes worked on stage I was directing choirs yesterday.  Our regular co-op day was immediately followed by the rehearsal for our concert this evening.  So, myself and the accompanist worked straight through with three choirs.  I felt for her poor fingers!  Although she was pleased because her step tracker on her arm thought she had walked a LOT of steps.

This morning I feel like I did a major workout in my core and shoulders.  Obviously I need to be in better shape.  Ha! 

I've been struggling with a pinched nerve so every time we have co-op I have ridiculous pain.  It was no exception yesterday.  Ouch!  Thankfully the chiropractor was open when we were done and I got over there to start getting things put back to rights.

As for how the kids are handling the music?  Well, I couldn't be prouder of them.  This year I decided to give them some very difficult pieces.  They have asked for a couple of these pieces before and I steered them to other options.  But this year....I decided to give them a chance.  They really dug in and mastered them!  I added one of my own to the 4-6th grade choir that is very wordy.  It is the song Lazarus by Greater Vision.  The melody is simple but saying the words all at the same time and remembering the many, many words is a huge challenge.  They did it!!  Hoping Warren can get a video of it.  It is beyond cute!!

The 2nd/3rd grade choir will be singing Children of the Heavenly Father.  Such a mouthful for such little voices.  BUT it works!  They are simply adorable!!  One little one sings every other verse solo and she knocks it out of the park! I always feel badly for this group because there are so few of them. I should know how many...but it is around 12.  Sweet little voices!  They are also singing O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus and The Joy of the Lord (Rend Collective) in combined choir with 4th -6th grades.

Then 4th-6th are singing My Name is Lazarus as I said before and The River (Jordan Felize).  

The high school choir will sing And Can it Be, Lead Me To the Cross and Simplicity.  They really surprised me in wanting to learn parts and have speaking roles.  Gotta love these kids!!  It has been so much fun working with this age group again.  This is the first year since I came back to teach for me to have them.  

I need to is a big day.  Opening the store this morning, hair cut at noon, back to the shop and then off to the concert.  Whew!  I may meet myself coming or going but it is all good.  I signed up for it and I shall not complain.  I would accept prayer that my pinched nerve would not get a chance to act up this evening.  Maybe since we will only do everything once it will all be good.  :-)


Theresa said...

Girl, you are busy! Take a moment to breathe, then off and running again! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Deanna Rabe said...

I loved watching the rehearsal yesterday! They are really great! You've done such an amazing job with them!

Try to relax a bit today, too! No pain for tonight hopefully!

Vee said...

I am glad that you gave the younger ones the opportunity to surprise you! That's wonderful. Pace yourself burn-outs!