Friday, December 4, 2009

The Middle Ages

Growing up I used to love to sing my little heart out. I was in my various schools' choirs for pretty much as long as I can remember, earning me the very fitting title of a chorus nerd. Way back then I sat in the front row, sang all the solos that I could and sang with everything that I had. I miss singing ... a lot.

When I was a junior in high school, our music department had decided to forgo the standard High School Winter Concert, leaving us without a painstakingly "socially acceptable, politically correct" catalogue of songs to sing that year. (When you're 16 years old all you really want to do is sing some Santa Claus is Coming to Town or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, not some lame-o song about Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa all rolled into one ... the area I grew up in isn't exactly what I'd call culturally diverse.)

That year, as was tradition alternating every other year, my school scrapped the entire idea of a formal Holiday concert and instead hosted a classic Renaissance Madrigal Feast, complete with a Boars head and wassail and fun evening of dressing up and singing and entertaining a school full of people. Together our music department transformed our little bland cafeteria into a castle.

Because I was that "chorus nerd" and at the time a big chunk of my life revolved around singing I threw myself head first into the event and a friend of mine at the time and I not only sang with the schools choir, but we also emceed the event, got to dress up in our Renaissance finest, and create a 2 hour Month Python and the Holy Grail inspired evening of Middle Ages humor. Its one of my fondest memories of being in high school. And really ... where else do you get to dress like that?

Nowadays all I sing are cartoon theme songs and such for my kids, but boy wouldn't turing the dining room into a Madrigal Feast of our very own be fun?

Feel like reliving some old school memories of your own? Then head on over to the fabulous blog of Christopher and Tia for a Friday Flashback of your own!


ElegantSnobbery said...

Aw, I would have envied you in High School... I wasn't a good singer. Not at all. In fact, I was the understudy to a 10 year old boy character in our high school spring musical... wow, I sing less good than another person who sings like a 10 year old boy. GREAT!

And renaissance... FUN! I would have wanted to join the choir just to have a Madrigal Feast!

Nen said...

i can't sing to save my life! i was in chorus in elementary school.. and after 6th grade when i didn't make the "Ensemble" (the "better" singers)... i gave up. i always wished i could sing though! and i think the medieval thing would've been so fun!!

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Lizzie said...

I love to sing, so I know exactly what you mean. :)

So glad to have stumbled across your little humble abode here. It is quite the lovely little place.

Christopher And Tia said...

I bet you and I could pull off one heck of a disney channel themed duet. Just sayin'

PS. I'm about to add your blog button to my "friends" section on my blog. I just noticed that you had one.

AlyGatr said...

OMG, you look beautiful!!! I love your costume

I...was a band geek (well, officially a color guard)...AND a choir (concert and show...woo hoo!) nerd...AND a drama club geek. I never even auditioned for the solos because, while I loved to sing, I've always had notorious stage fright and was only safe singing in the crowd. I loved our high school choir's annual Christmas Concert. Our choir master was a total showman and would pick the most beautiful songs to sing. The only downside...we had to wear white "winter" muumuus...what can I say, it was Hawaii!

Maybe someday you, me and Tia can do karaoke somewhere :)

Nen said...

Clearfield... about 45 mins West of State College... My cousin is a pastor of a church around Johnstown... ... but I've never been there!