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. :)

 

 

 

New: Messiah with the SDSO in December 2017

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If you haven't seen the calendar yet, you should pop over and check it out. This December I'll be rejoining the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for Handel's Messiah on December 2nd.

The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. and there is only one performance! So be sure to get your tickets now and book your hotel. It'll be a warm night of music in a cold month of the year.

 

What's it like to be a singer for the German National Anthem?

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The German Flag: schwarz, rot, goldWhen the lady sang another country's national anthem at the olympics and just sang "la la la," I thought that was really silly. A national anthem represents a country, just as the sports teams who are playing the game represent the country. And for an official meeting between countries that calls for music, it can set people at ease and give them a topic of conversation. Music bridges a lot between nations.

A couple of years ago I was asked to sing the German Nationalhymne (national anthem), known as Das Lied der Deutschen (The Song of the Germans) for Germany's Day of Unity celebrations (October 3rd) in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an honor and I was floored. I enjoyed memorizing the words because they are tremendous.

(Would you believe I lived in Germany for five years without having learned the words?! More to that after the text.)

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit für das deutsche Vaterland.

Danach lasst uns alle streben, brüderlich mit Herz und Hand.

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit sind des Glückes Unterpfand:

Blüh im Glanze dieses Glückes, blühe, deutsches Vaterland!

 

Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland.

Let's all strive for that, brotherly with heart and hand.

Unity and justice and freedom are the pledge of happiness:

Blossom in the light of this joy, blossom, German Fatherland!

Translation (C) Nicole Warner, LLC 2017 All rights reserved.

 

You might have noticed that the German version rhymes, which is quite nice. And the ideas of unity, justice and freedom are qualities that are present in Germany's culture today.