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Thursday Singing

Tonight we sang at my place, and between regulars, occasional guests, and one total newcomer, we had more people than I have ever had at this apartment, all singing in my living room. I even had to break out the emergency chairs! We had fifteen people all told, at our peak attendance. With that size crowd, and with the windows open for a little fresh air, we made the neighborhood ring! Truefax. The last singer to arrive told us that he could hear the singing a block away. It was a good thing I decided to make extra food last night. We had cherries, almonds, gingerbread cookies, rose-flavored marzipan, and fruit punch, a gracious plenty. And the sound was full and rich and wonderful. One of my Modal Analysis classmates came to check it out, and she seemed impressed in the gobsmacked sort of way that people hearing Harp singing for the first time tend to be impressed.

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dot_o_choillmor
May. 23rd, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
I'm trying to imagine fifteen people in your living room! It all sounds wonderful. And judging by the list of food you're a great host.

I hope the neighbours enjoyed the entertainment... :-)
frenchpony
May. 23rd, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
I claim that the singing capacity of my living room is twelve -- three singers on each side of the square. But I do have three extra chairs that I don't include in that count, the mooshy chair and the two ugly chairs. Last night, we used the mooshy chair and one of the ugly chairs, and we squeezed four people onto the couch. It was intimate, but no more so than at a big singing. And the sound, oh my, the sound! Plaster walls and ceiling, hardwood floor. . . that's the kind of room that's just made for singing.

My neighbors are wonderfully accommodating. And I limit my hosting to once in every calendar month.
elliska
May. 23rd, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome! And delicious. How do you sing with all that food in your mouths? ;-)
frenchpony
May. 23rd, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
How do you sing with all that food in your mouths? ;-)

Well, you'll just have to come to a singing and find out, now won't you?
gwynhyffar
May. 23rd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I wish you were my neighbor. Want to bring your crew to Bismarck?
frenchpony
May. 23rd, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Trying to get fifteen Harp singers to do anything other than sing as a group is like herding cats. Set up a singing in Bismarck, though, and we'll come flocking.
bodkin_ra
May. 23rd, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
No complaints from tone-deaf neighbours? You must have dazzled them into appreciation!

And abundant snacks, too.
frenchpony
May. 23rd, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
I think the neighbors are used to us by now. And I only host once in each calendar month, which helps with neighborly good will.

But of course we have abundant snacks. Imagine having guests and not having leftovers at the end! Oy, what a shanda!
meggins
May. 24th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
It all sounds most excellent.
frenchpony
May. 24th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
It was amazing. Fifteen people singing their hearts out in a small enclosed space -- what's not to love?
fafojoy
May. 24th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
I think I would like a harp singing in my neighborhood. I remember as a kid my neighbor - who had a wonderful voice - sitting on her deck with her guitar and all her friends over - singing. I was maybe 10 or 11 and she was in college and I thought she was the coolest.
frenchpony
May. 24th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I know that there's regular singing in the Twin Cities, but I don't know if that's something you could get to (obviously not today).

I think that singing is probably the most elemental form of human enjoyment there is. It just makes you feel good, deep down in your bones, in a way that nothing else can do.
ssotknapsack
Jun. 5th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Your neighbours must love you. :o)

Actually, I'm sure your merry group of 15 would be preferable to our posh neighbours who sit out on their deck at 2 a.m., drunk out of their minds, singing Pink Floyd, Black Crowes, and other trippy 70s music.

Hint: Chris Robinson is not worried about losing his job.
frenchpony
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm very nice to the neighbors. I'm not noisy except for singing, and I only have singing once a month, and I always leave a note for the downstairs neighbors. And we're good singers, too.
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