Took a sentimental journey

This weekend, my wife, my grandfather and I joined about 35 other people in the Sage Valley Voices annual spring concert. This year’s concert was a blend of music from the 40’s and 50’s.

As with all our concerts, our costumes match the period. My wife was wearing a 40’s era dress and I was wearing dark jeans, a white t-shirt and leather jacket in a 50’s greaser style. Grandpa was sporting a white sport coat with a pink carnation. All in all the costumes looks really good.

We performed two shows over the weekend and both had a great turn out. The Oliver United Church was pretty much packed both nights. The show started out with music from the 40’s. We sang hits like ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo,’ ‘Sentimental Journey,’ ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame’ and many others. We ended that era with a beautiful piece called High Flight. It is the musical interpretation of a poem written by a RCAF pilot in WWII. It is a beautiful poem and it works very well set to music. It is probably my favorite piece to sing.

Between the eras we had our guest choir come up and sing. This year we welcomed the Naramata Community Choir. They sung three pieces which ended with a song called ‘Sanctouce’ (sp?) which was a piece commissioned by a parish in Vancouver. It was a really neat piece and if you hear of a choir singing it near you go check it out. It is moving both musically and spiritually.

We then started into the 50’s era with a medley of ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Rockn’ Robin’ and ‘Blueberry Hill.’ I have to say that in general I enjoyed singing songs from the 50’s more than then 40’s. I think it is because I can relate to the music a bit better. The 50’s era was presented like the audience was listening to the radio so in between songs we threw in commercials from the era. We are lucky enough to have twins who sing in the choir so we had them do a double-mint gum commercial. They, and the rest of the commercial actors, were a hoot.

So these are just a few high-lights and musings from this concert. I want to give a big thanks to those of you who come out to watch the shows. It is much more fun to sing for a crowd then just singing to yourself. We are now off for the summer but will be starting again in the fall preparing for our Christmas concert. We may even have a 4th generation (at least in the crowd) this winter at the concert. It depends on how well behaved he/she is. Please post your comments below.

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Goes good with turkey

It is once again time for the Sage Valley Voices spring performance.  It will once again be at the Oliver United Church.  There are two performances.  The first is Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm and the second is Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30pm.  Admission is $5.00 at the door with proceeds going to support local non-profit organizations.  Our special guest this spring is the Naramata Choir.

The title of this concert is ‘A Sentimental Journey’ and it features songs from the 40’s and 50’s.  If you were at the concert last spring you will recognize some of the tunes but there will be many new ones.  As always, we will all be decked out in period attire.  I am going for a 50’s greaser look (which might be a challenge.  How do you slick back no hair?)

It is a fun show put on by people who just like to sing.  If you have nothing going on, swing on down to Oliver and check it out.  There are some fantastic places to eat there and their movie theater is top notch.  For more information on the Sage Valley Voices please feel free to check out the Oliver Arts Council website (http://oliverartscouncil.org/).  They have a little feature about the choir.  Please feel free to post comments below (and after the show, post your reviews!).

Singing without the rain

My wife and I are enrolled in another round of singing.  We actually sing in a choir if you can believe it.  We are members of the Sage Valley Voices choir based out of Oliver BC.  The choir puts on two shows a year.  There is a Christmas concert and a spring concert.  Along side these two shows we normally perform a gig or two for other events that occur near concert time.

The choir is made up mostly of seniors.  In fact, you can normally see three generations of my family in the choir.  I sing, my mother sings, and my grandfather sings as well.  This is the part that I most enjoy about singing in this choir.  It is a way for me to connect with my grandfather.  It gives us something to talk about and something to bond over.  I also get to see him once a week.  I feel it is important to not loose contact with extended family.  I also think he has a bit of pride that his grandson is singing next to him.

As far as I am concerned the real star of the show is my wife.  Those of you who know us know my wife can sing.  She honestly gives me goosebumps every time.  Now I watch American Idol once and a while.  I know the dangers of praising people who really can’t sing.  I can honestly say my wife can sing and she does it very well.  If you have any doubts, come check out the Sage Valley Voices and see for yourself.

There are two shows for the spring concert, May 2nd and 3rd.  Check back here for show times and venue information.  I also normally create a facebook event so keep your eyes open for that as well.