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Gamelan Rehearsal

Status update from Sri Sedånå:

1) It turns out that the gamelan "Holy Mana" is indeed the same tune as the Sacred Harp "Holy Manna." I officially know all three hymns that we're doing, though I have to learn them in the Javanese modes.

2) On that note, "Foundation," which we did today, actually sounds pretty good in slendro. I played slenthem and sang, and I told Fearless Leader that I would be willing to volunteer for the gérong chorus on the hymns.

3) Unfortunately, we didn't get any further than a couple of experimental run-throughs of "Ladrang Foundation," because . . . wait for it . . . YES! The gamelan room flooded. Again. We were there to see it happening this time, and the water just poured in -- we had a serious flood in about two minutes. We can't figure out where it's coming from, either; it was damp and sprinkly today, but not seriously rainy. The church has just dropped $7500 on plumbers, too. They've got a city inspector coming out tomorrow morning, but who knows if they'll find anything?

Anyway, we spent the second hour of rehearsal mopping and moving the instruments upstairs to a drier room. I swung a mop for a good forty minutes there. Never a dull moment with the Chicago gamelan!

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meggins
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Another flood? How unfortunate! Not just for your music but for the church, too. I can't imagine this is doing their structural integrity any good.
frenchpony
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Someone suggested today that there might be a crack in the church's foundation. The Reverend did NOT look pleased about that. . .
meggins
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, dear, yes. That is exactly the kind of thing I feared.
frenchpony
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Especially ironic is that the piece we were learning when the floodwaters poured in was "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord!"
perelleth
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can send a spare canoe there...
frenchpony
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! At this rate, we'll need it for when the gongs go floating away!
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