The Quotable Floydor…What I learned at Choral Society… or……Take a breath!
I am a quote junky. It’s true. Words inspire me. I love to be surrounded by words and quotes and ideas–even when they aren’t serious in nature, statements can be fascinating, can evoke strong response.
Our Fearless Leader is uncommonly quotable. Last semester, I had the idea to write quotes in the margins of my music wherever we happen to be working when Floyd said something that inspired or humored me. I, unfortunately, erased many of the remarks I had quoted from our Spring rehearsals, but here are a few from this Winter. These all pertain to music (to choral music, specifically), but several can apply to life in general. Regardless, I hope this gives you a taste of how much fun we have at Choral Society.
There’s no shame in having no E, Basses.
Turn to “ding.”
If I give a cue and no one sees it, is there even a conductor?
Make spacious vowels.
Seek verbal enlightenment.
Sopranos, you may roll in like a Mack truck.
Are you ready to accent your yums?
There’s a breath there; take it.
Eyes are good at cues.
Don’t turn the page and lose your pulse.
You are allowed to have fun in a minor key.
It’s hard to say which quote is my favorite. I’m partial to each! Still, I think especially in light of this Advent, we should encourage one another to breathe. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the stuff of our culture (and even the stuff of our traditions) that we forget to pause, to breathe, to take the moment of the incarnation and let it bring life and rest to our souls. Somewhere, friends, in the midst of the busyness and the beautifulness of this holiday, I pray that you’ll realize…there’s a breath there; take it.