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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Big group vocal rehearsal

This post was prepared before midnight on Wednesday, June 22, but I couldn't post it because another violent thunderstorm knocked the power out!

This Friday and Saturday are the final recording days, and we saved the most complex songs for last. On Friday we start with three back-up singers and by Saturday afternoon we’ll have nine. Tonight was the vocal rehearsal for this bigger group, which included Jane Lewis, Tannis Slimmon, Laura Bird, Guy Stefan, Dennis Gaumond, Rich Langedijk, Jeff Bersche, Joni NehRita, Tricia Brubacher, and Heather MacRae.

Everyone had checked out their support materials and was ready to go. Tannis, Laura, Jane and I met early and went over “Sinner’s Child,” then Tannis headed off to an evening class.

Dennis, Jeff, and Rich arrived and together with Jane and Laura, we worked on “We Want Peace,” and “Right Here.”

Then Joni, Tricia, and Heather arrived, Laura headed back to Orangeville and we tackled the toughest song of the bunch—“Just A Little Bit.” This one has three groups of three singers each who do very simple but rhythmically complex, interlocking parts. We slowly eased into it by checking each person’s individual parts, each group together, then various sections of the song. Finally we were able to tackle the song as a whole.

As expected, it will likely be the most challenging to do live, but we will persevere!  By the time we left, it was coming together, and everyone left knowing the song much better, with two days more to practice!

Clockwise from bottom left: Heather MacRae, Tricia Brubacher, Joni NehRita, Jeff Bersche, Rich Langedijk, Sam Turton, Dennis Gaumond, Guy Stefan, and Jane Lewis.

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