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October 22, 2011 10:34 PM

A capella performance of an old Methodist hymn. Just me and some friends.

I sometimes sing with a group of guys in my neighborhood. We were asked to sing at a local church meeting and this was the song they wanted us to do. I brought my iPod and a Blue Mikey to the rehearsal and this was the result.

posted by Doleful Creature (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I love the sound of this.
I've been getting into learning about choral arrangements lately. Seems like it's very hard to actually get involved in a choir, just for the singing.
posted by chococat at 10:59 PM on October 22, 2011


Thanks, chococat! I love choral music, have been involved in it in some form or another since I was a kid. Most of the time that has been through church-related choirs or at college, but in my city (Salt Lake City) there are quite a few non-religious amateur choral groups, in addition to the seemingly endless plethora of religious choral groups.

You're a capable singer, I don't think it would be that hard for you to get into a choir. All choir groups, religious or no, are always in want of male singers. If you're a guy and you can carry a tune you're pretty much always in demand. I don't know where you live, but I bet you could find a choir that would take you on, even if they were a churchy group they may not care that you're into it for the singing. I'm the choir director in my local congregation and I accept anyone who wants to sing with us, for whatever reasons they may have, regardless of their beliefs.

Group singing is an ancient and wonderful human activity, a musical fellowship that has the power to transcend politics, religion and all the arbitrary categories rendered thereby.

Also, in many cities there is a Gay Men's Chorus or a GALA Chorus. These are choral groups that work to promote LGBT causes within their community. If you're at all sympathetic to LGBT causes*, joining a GALA Chorus would be a great way to get exposed to a lot of different choral music.

*No, you don't have to be LGBT to be in a GALA Chorus.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:48 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Choirs can do some amazing things, and Metafilter Music could use more of them. So please post more!
posted by Corduroy at 7:37 PM on October 23, 2011


Yeah, agreed. How many people are singing?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:31 AM on October 24, 2011


Really lovely. Something tells me this would be good to sing during a blackout caused by a storm, by the light of flickering kerosene lamps.
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:08 PM on October 24, 2011


Very nice. About 90% of the time, this hymn ends up sounding like a bad barber shop quartet and hurts my teeth. It is really difficult to get it "right" with a small choir. And you got it right. Really, really nice.
posted by The World Famous at 9:12 PM on October 24, 2011


Thanks, I'm glad everyone liked the sound. There were 6 of us, so it was basically quartet with two extra voices (on bass and baritone I believe).
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:20 PM on October 25, 2011




One of my favorite bible verses, so bleak and poetic. Glad you like the song too!
posted by Doleful Creature at 8:11 PM on November 10, 2011


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