Evensong: Sacred Harp 2018

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Last Fall I joined up with the Elm Ensemble in Dexter, Michigan for a fantastic weekend of music-making. (There may have been excellent food & drink involved, but that's just between you and me. Bacon-fried Brussels sprouts, that's all I'm saying.)

The Elm Ensemble has published the recordings we made as a playlist on YouTube, which is fabulous and fantastic!

I'd like to draw your attention to this recording of Mary to Her Savior's Tomb, Sacred Harp 451, which was at the time the first recording appeared on YouTube, from what the co-director Josh Messner could see. Sally was really sick during this Evensong, and she sang like a real trooper in this duet! It is actually a duet for the entire piece, however I sang it alone to save her voice.

There's more to come re: Elm Ensemble 2019 and the 2019-2020 season as well. (Hint, hint.)

 

Happy Holidays to One and All!

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Yes, this website has been very quiet, as I've been very (very) busy building my business GermanWithNicole.com.

Music is still a part of my life, however I've made the very responsible decision to stop trying to do everything all at once and decided that this website just has to wait. its. turn.

That doesn't mean I don't think of you all, however, because I do. :) I see the statistics and know that some of you still stop by occasionally to listen to the music and to check out what is(n't) new.

 

It's a slow move back into performing. That's just how it is right now.

 

I hope you have some valuable moments over the holiday season and that you listen to loads and loads of beautiful music. Let it refresh your spirit.

 

Best,

Nicole

Story time: Keep it to yourself.

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It's story time!

Last Friday I was dropping off a friend at her car and in doing so, I momentarily blocked other cars in the parking lot. It only took a moment to say good-bye, but a woman whose car I had blocked was sure to very impatiently call out "EXCUSE ME!!!"

As soon as I turned around I could feel the vitriol rolling off her being. I told her "I'm leaving right now" and she rolled her eyes at me.

I'm not one to take that kind of crap, so I said, "Really, lady?! 2 seconds mean that much to you?!" She shrugged me off and started getting into her car. She obviously wanted to crap all over my day. But I'm not one to take that kind of crap.

Check out the photos of Evensong in Dexter, MI last weekend

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Our Easter Evensong in Dexter, Michigan (just west of Ann Arbor) was a delight! It was a weekend of singing, community and connecting people with music. This Evensong service also functioned as a fundraiser for a club at this church, it's called the Open Hearts Club; this club it will provide a safe, fun, and inclusive drop-in space for area youth.

I think we can all get behind that. ♥

Michigan-dwellers! Come to Dexter next weekend for Evensong

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Next weekend I'll be in Dexter, Michigan to sing with the Elm Ensemble. We'll be singing in an Evensong service on Sunday, April 29th at 4:30 p.m. It will be a small choir of wonderful singers and we'll be singing Early Americana pieces from the Southern Harmony. This is also known as shape-note singing and, believe it or not, I'd never heard of it until I moved back to the US in 2008.

 

Click here to see the calendar event.

 

Should I have named this "lower peninsula dwellers" instead? ;)

Still here, still working...

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Greetings, fair blog readers!

It's been a long time since I blogged, so here are 5 interesting things that have happened since then:

1. Connor and I moved to a fabulous new apartment and he has Kitty TV (birds and squirrels and such in trees) to watch from every room.

2. I've now finished the 6th and final book of my German teaching certification program. *YAY!* I'm almost done.

3. For 5 days in July I actually stopped working and took a few days off.

4. A large amount of meat and vegetables has been prepared on my grill...

5. Friends and I have gathered for fun, laughs and games.

It's a cool perspective, to look at life every few months and to see what you've done. So, what have you been doing? Go take a look. :)