Friday, 22 March 2013

Ceci N'est Pas Une Post

This post serves as notice that further writings on this blog may not be forthcoming for several days, owing to the authors of the suppositious posts have a choir concert on Sunday, for which they have been rehearsing a couple hours every night of the past two weeks.

This concert will include:

1) About 20 African pieces, some of which have only a passing resemblance to what I have been taught for 23 years constitutes acceptable rhythm.

2) Two hired soloists.

3) A 6-movement Mozart mass so that the soloists can have some solos to sing.

4) A uniform consisting of black slacks and a red short-sleeve shirt with black and white zebra trim. Don't worry, I'll take pictures.

5) A conductor, the only non-Muzungu in the choir who can read music, who has a strange relationship with rests that causes him to pretend they don't exist half of the time.

6) An accompanist who can sit down and compose a 150-measure 4-part baroque-style piece (which we will sing at the concert) in a single day.

7) Handel's Messiah, because no one's told them it's a Christmas and not an Easter piece.

8) Songs in about 7 different languages, only one of which is European.

9) Two goofy white dudes pretending to know how Africans clap.

10) The absence of abject failure*

So if any of our faithful readers (hi, Moms!) happen to be at or around Bbiina Parish, Kampala, Uganda at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, we'd sure love to see you there!**

* I can make no guarantees about to the presence of this absence.
** I appreciate the gesture, Mom, but no, you don't have to buy a plane ticket just to come see my concert

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