Idea about singing, who will bell the cat.
I sing okay but most often must hear the melody before I sing it. My memory works that way. I cannot call up most tunes without hearing them first. This is why, when I chant alone, such as at the occasional Vespers, or weekday morning matins service, I use my phone and listen to a little of the tone from the excellent Tone tutor product.
I can even sing some of the podobens if I hear them first.
In looking at this weekend's services, I immediately saw a special melody. I may even know this melody, but have zero chance of singing it without hearing it first.
Here is an idea. Somebody who knows this stuff, and despite being a perfectionist and lover of high falooting four part harmony, would sing one of each stichera/troparia/irmosi/etc in the order they appear in the melody prescribed.
"VESPERS, Lord I have cried, first sticheron from the Octoechos, Tone 3,la la la la la.... "
Triodion, Tone six, special melody having set all your hope other things of heaven... La la la la la"
Matins, Tone 2, Theotokion after God is the Lord, LA LA LA LA la"
A good singer could knock this out in 20 minutes. Send the mp3 to me. I will post it, and not be the only one to use it. It does not need to be perfect!
Lead time would be awesome.
Even just the special melodies would be awesome.
Who will bell the cat?