When I was growing up music was always in my life. My grandfather was a band conductor and trumpet player, and my mother played the oboe and has sung in various barbershop choruses and quartets. I played the trumpet throughout high school and sang in high school and college. It’s in my blood and after not singing on stage for over 7 years now, I totally miss it. And two shows that I’ve seen recently have further proved how much I miss it. I had tears in my eyes during these shows. They weren’t emotional by any means but it made me realize how much I wanted to be up there.
This past week I had the pleasure of seeing the a cappella group Straight No Chaser with my mom and dad in Boston. I had seen them about 3 years ago and was eagerly awaiting this concert when we purchased the tickets in the summer. And they did NOT disappoint.
The following video is about half way through their hit song 12 Days of Christmas. If you’re familiar with the song, one of the members come out and sings “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay” but instead, Jerome came out and sang it. The laughter was when the member (I don’t know his name!) came to the front with his fist raised during the Africa song. Again, if you’re familiar with the song, you’ll know why everyone was cracking up.
I had legit goose bumps while watching them perform. The harmonies, the beat boxing, the humor, the dancing, just everything was incredible! I would see their show again and again and again. They’re coming to Western Mass next year and I’ll probably see them then too.
This afternoon my dad, in laws and I went to Townsend to watch the Women of Note sing their holiday show. My mom’s quartet, A Cappella 4, was invited to sing along with them. It was two hours of holiday songs and laughter. And of course, I was getting teary eyed watching the chorus and the quartets sing. I wanted to jump up and join them in their singing.
My lovely mom is on the left.
Seeing both of these shows have definitely given me the motivation to find a group to sing with. I think I’ll be having a conversation with my mother about that.
What is your passion? Do you ever find yourself wanting to start up an old hobby? I also wouldn’t mind taking up figure skating too.