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Midwest Convetion, Day One: Serenity NOW!

The Midwest Convention is one of the biggest Sacred Harp conventions in the country, and it is put on by one small singing group (the Hyde Park group) and one not-so-much-larger group (the North Side singers). As a result, the Midwest tends to arouse quite a bit of freefloating hysteria among Chicago singers during the month or so leading up to the big weekend. This weekend was no different. When my houseguest and I arrived at Ida Noyes Hall around twenty past eight this morning, everyone there was definitely buzzed. Since I'm not especially prone to freefloating hysteria, I get to absorb other people's freefloating hysteria. My motto for the hour and a half before a convention starts is: "Serenity NOW!"

But the nice thing is that, once people start arriving, the singing starts, and everyone realizes that hey, it's a singing, and we're having fun! And then we all start to mellow a little. Today's session was a pretty big singing, with a big, rich, full-throated sound. It's diverse, too. So far, we've drawn singers from seventeen states and Canada, and some thumping good tunes have been led.

I'm co-secretary of the Convention this year, yay, which is why I know how many states we've seen represented.

After I got home and typed up today's minutes, I heard sirens outside my window. In and of itself, this is not unusual, as I live four blocks from a fire house. But today, they all seemed to converge, not passing by like they usually do. So I went to the window to watch because, hey, street theater. There were three fire truck plus a couple of assorted emergency vehicles parked around the apartment building across the street, all of them flashing lights. I couldn't really see what the problem was, though -- none of the firefighters looked especially concerned, as they moseyed into the building, and none of the residents or passers-by looked anything other than interested in the street theater. After about ten minutes, the firefighters moseyed out of the building, got in their fire trucks, and drove away.

Weird.

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jelazakazone
May. 26th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Color me green. A very deep green. I'm glad it's a rollicking good time though. I do swear that we will get there one year.
frenchpony
May. 28th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh, you should definitely come. This is a fantastic singing, and when it rocks, it really rocks. And it really rocked.
jelazakazone
May. 28th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Aw, that's awesome! Right now my kids need too much of our attention, so we tend to miss a lot of singing even when we're at an event. The 2 year old especially:P

Last year we were at the Oregon State Convention and the little one was in the throes of the chicken pox which meant that even though I only got to sing for like half an hour each day, it was completely free of children. It was some of the best singing I've done in years!:) LOL. Hopefully we can work out some nice schedule for the all-day sing we're going to next weekend.
frenchpony
May. 28th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Which one are you going to next weekend?
jelazakazone
May. 28th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Northern Shenandoah Valley in Berryville VA. It's our regular singing:)
frenchpony
May. 28th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
I think someone announced that one at the Midwest.
dot_o_choillmor
May. 27th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Nothing like a bit of singing to shake the stress out of you! I'm glad it's going well and that you're having fun. How was the food?

That sounds very odd about the fire people. Prank calls?
frenchpony
May. 28th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
It went even better today, and ended on a real high note. ("Fa," I believe.) The food was bountiful and extremely good. My Asian Quaker salad, corn salad, and pumpkin pie were great hits.
thebigwhitecat
May. 29th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
I was so tired after the Saturday session that I took a nap before being able to get out and go to the social. Maybe the free-floating anxiety you absorbed was related to the really large number of experienced singers who oversang their voices and were hoarse well before the end of the day. But what a way to go.
frenchpony
May. 29th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
This freefloating hysteria was definitely related to the putting on of the Convention. It's been going around for a few weeks now, and I certainly recognized it.
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