> there were as many as 50 - 65 people there when
> I arrived at about 6:30 pm Saturday evening.
Manny, you missed the main event which ended at 4:30 each
day, and which was attended by 120 singers on Saturday and
100 singers on Sunday.
A total of 207 songs was sung during the day-time singings, with
84 people chosing to lead songs.
There were a large number of singers from Chicago (10+). Also
from Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia, the Rocky Mountain states,
Oregon, and Washington.
On the porch the level ranged between 80 to 84 decibels.
At the threshold of the singing room it ranged between 90 to 96
At the third row of the tenors, next to the basses, it got up to 99
At the second row of the trebles, at times it got as high as 101
(These readings were taken by myself on Sunday with a $40
RadioShack sound level meter.)
> The sight-reading of shape singing music is a
> little odd at first to follow along with but it is pretty
> straightforward once you get thehang of it.
Because each song is first sung "on the shapes"
fa-so-la fa-so-la mi fa
not as preparation or rehearsal, but as part of the art,
this makes it possible to say:
-- "It's not about the words, it's about the music."
(Manny, you and I are in a minority of perhaps 5% in being
conservative Christians who actually believe in the message
embodied in the words.)
Our next large singing will be May 17 (Saturday).
Location to be announced.
There won't be as many singers (we expect 70), but more
opportunites to lead songs.