There certainly is a sense of euphoria that choral…

There certainly is a sense of euphoria that choral singers experience after a particularly inspiring rehearsal or performance. But part of that sensation is due to more than just individual physiology; it derives from the cooperative effort that is at the heart of the choral endeavor. The late great conductor Robert Shaw thought of a chorus as a “community of expression,” whose meaning “rests upon a common devotion to the composer’s utterance and a mutual respect for the personal dignity of fellow-workers.” Shaw’s associate, Ann Howard Jones enlarged on this idea. Noting that in a chorus the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts, she wrote, “I know of no other activity where access to the most profound artistic works can be made possible and satisfying for the participant who has limited skills as an individual but whose capacity is enlarged by the group.”

–Beck, R. J.; Cesario, T. C.; Yousefi, A.; Enamoto, H. Music Perception, Fall 2000, Vol. 18 Issue 1


The day I got my EOY award, Sunshine Sinatra took me out for dinner and beers. Since we don’t work together anymore, we don’t get to talk like we used to. He’s not really an internet guy in the way that bloggers are internet people, but he says I inspired him to start his own blog. Sneaker posted this that day:

One of my friends we will call her “scrappy” I call her that because she is as feisty and all attitudinal as they get, I mean that in a good way. She is this tiny little girl but if I’m going into a fight I’m taking her because she packs a punch. How does the saying go; “It isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog” and let me tell you I would throw down with her anytime.

Anyway, she got an award for employee of the year today and she really deserves it, I am truly happy for her. I remember just a year ago today she was doing the same I am doing right now, and 1 year later she gets employee of the year as a Validations engineer…now that’s impressive. I told her tonight when we went out to grab a bite to eat as an impromptu congrats kind of thing, how proud I am of her and how happy I am for her. “Scrappy” has always been a real nice gal and I totally respect her opinions on whatever the topic may be just because I have always found out she is wiser than most people twice her age, way to go “Scrappy” keep up the good work.

Awwww. Thanks, man. *throws down*

Not trying to toot my own horn, but knowing where I’ve been, I’d like to hold on to some of this positive feedback for posterity. Someday I’ll need to be able to reread it and remember that I earned it.