Confessions Of A Retired Choir Geek
Yes, I was in three choirs in high school. That’s right – three. And yes, I was that awesome. I liked to sing back then, and I still do. These days, however, instead of singing with a group in public, my chosen performance venues are now in my car, shower and occasionally at home, but that seems to bother the cats – especially if I sing anything from Journey. This last Saturday evening, my inner choir geek was treated to a special event. A friend of mine had tickets to the quarterfinals of the International Competition of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) at Tempe Center for the Arts and I immediately snatched up the opportunity to watch choirs perform again. Thoughts of singing Barbra Streisand arrangements came rushing back to me.
This year at ICCA, Arizona State University was well represented with two teams – the all male group, Priority Male and the women’s group, The Pitchforks. Turned out Priority Male won first place and The Pitchforks came in second. While at the competition, I took a video of Priority Male performing their first song. They were pretty fantastic and watching them took me back to 1984 when I competed with other high school choirs.
Watching and listening to these groups made me remember all the excitement of performing in a choir competition and the hours of rehearsals it required of us to get there. It also made me remember how much I miss singing those old Barbra Streisand songs. So, in honor of all my choir geeks, past and present, I downloaded some Barbra Streisand music and have been singing them all day. In doing so, I found out something very important – the cats are also bothered by me singing Barbra.