My performance in a virtual choir

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My performance in a virtual choir

Postby PeterA » 19 Jul 2020 22:33

My wife and I have been regularly attending the same church for over 50 years.

During the Coronavirus lockdown, we have had to resort to 'virtual' meetings, using Zoom, which none of us had heard of before, YouTube, FaceTime and WhatsApp. It has been a steep learning curve for us non-techy older folk.

On July 5th 2020, our church ran an 'on-line guest service' and beforehand, members were invited to submit tracks for an on-line choir, to be played in that service. I thought I'd have a go, even though my voice is cracking up, but at least I could add to the overal volume of sound.

57 of us sent in our tracks, and you can hear the result, by selecting the YouTube clip, below.

The man in the bottom left hand corner, is a professional music teacher at a local college, but only one of the rest of us is a trained singer.

Later, that man playing the piano, collected the tracks and combined them. This must be a major exercise, just ask Gareth Malone.

I sang the tenor part. Recording this was a unique event for me.

With hearing aids, I can't wear ear buds, and didn't want to record myself wearing headphones.

So I pinned my music to the French Door window in our lounge, clipped my mobile (my chosen recording device) to a lamp, played the backing track from my iPad, which was mirrored to my Television, which in turn was muted, as I was listening to the sound through my hearing aids, because I have a TV loop installed, in my lounge.

Setting all this up was sort of complicated, but fun.

All my wife could hear was my singing, and although I think it was harmonious, my wife never regards my singing tenor as melodic! She didn't think I should even submit it.

I did one take, which wasn't bad, but at my age my voice and breath control is nothing like it was in my prime, whenever, that was, and I felt I could do better, so I immediately had another shot.

To send this one in was much more tricky.

We were invited to use WeTransfer, something else I had never heard of before. I tried 3 times, with each one taking nearly an hour, but apparently, on every attempt, the email arrived without the attachment.

Frustrated, and on the point of giving up, I resorted to something else, that I knew how to do.

I simply sent it via WhatsApp. It went within a few minutes, and because I know such transmissions can be truncated, was relieved that it arrived safely the first time.

I'm glad I persisted, and can now claim that, like so many others in this unusual period for all of us, I have sung in a virtual choir.

Now you can judge our success, and try to pick me out in this YouTube video.

This is our rendition of the song, 'Christ our hope in life and death', which has been written, over the last two years, by five critically acclaimed songwriters, Keith Getty, Matt Papa, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Boswell, and Matt Merker. This is the first song that these writers have written together as a team.
We chose it because the words are so timely for the situation we are facing in these days.

The lyrics can be found underneath the video on the YouTube website. After you click on the LINK below, click on the words YouTube that will appear bottom right. This will launch you onto the YouTube website. Comments under the video are disabled, but if you click on the words SHOW MORE you will see the words displayed underneath. Or click the written LINK underneath this video to be taken to the YouTube site directly.



https://youtu.be/mIsdwrs5T1Y

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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby Rev Tony Newnham » 20 Jul 2020 08:07

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Sounds good Peter. I wouldn't want to try & put something like this together - it takes long enough recording & sorting out the videos for Sunday morning, and that only involves me!

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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby PeterA » 20 Jul 2020 11:30

Here are the lyrics.



What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to Him belong
Who holds our days within His hand?
What comes, apart from His command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good
Where is His grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer's blood
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us night
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

Unto the grave, what will we sing?
"Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!"
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with Him
There we will rise to meet the Lord
Then sin and death will be destroyed
And we will feast in endless joy
When Christ is ours forevermore

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death


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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby PeterA » 20 Jul 2020 11:34

Rev Tony Newnham wrote:Hi

Sounds good Peter. I wouldn't want to try & put something like this together - it takes long enough recording & sorting out the videos for Sunday morning, and that only involves me!

Every Blessing

Tony


Yes, I was surprised by the end product, even if I do say so myself. My wife more so as she had only heard my solo effort.
I agree about compiling all the tracks, but Jon is very good at everything, musical and technical, and being furloughed helped him!

Appreciate your reply,
Every blessing to you, too,
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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby kens » 20 Jul 2020 12:44

Hi!
Absolutely brilliant. Thanks to you all Ken S.
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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby Hugh-AR » 20 Jul 2020 15:18

Peter,

What an amazing recording that was! Loved all the harmonies in the piece. You all came over so well! No .. I didn't spot which one was you even though I had the video up to FULL SCREEN.

Must be quite a technical effort to put all your contributions together and get them synchronised.

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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby JohnT » 22 Jul 2020 08:18

Hi Peter. Thoroughly enjoyed that. Well performed by all participants. Can’t find you. John
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Re: My performance in a virtual choir

Postby PeterA » 28 Jul 2020 15:47

JohnT wrote:Hi Peter. Thoroughly enjoyed that. Well performed by all participants. Can’t find you. John


Last but one in the Fourth Row. I thought that I was very easily recognised, but clearly not by everyone else!

Thank you to all who warmly approve of our efforts.

In fairness, as has graciously been mentioned, Jon is the key man, master minding the finished product.

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