Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Great Day

Jennifer and I met George at the Baybrook Mall for lunch. We went to BJ's for 2 medium pizzas. The 1st was black olives and mushrooms and the other was artichokes and mushrooms. They were both really good and I got my home brewed root beer which is so good.

We then went to the movies to see the new Star Trek. It was a fun movie. Ok story line, but a good movie. After the movie, we went across the parking lot to McAlister's for drinks. I got the homemade lemonade which is really good. While there, we were talking about backup drives. So we went to Fry's down the street. Jennifer got a cute backup hard drive. I got a larger backup hard drive to replace my dying one. It was originally $99. It was on sale for $82 and when I went to the check out, it was $62. It was one of those moments that you do not ask, you just run out of there. What a deal.

What a fun and memorable day.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

From Darkness to Light

The title of this year's Winter Concert with the Galveston College Choir was "From Darkness to Light."

It was a good concert with a variety of pieces and soloists.

The concert began with voice students of my part timer Larry Patton.

Next was the Galveston College Choir.

I spoke to the audience before the 1st piece:
Many of the pieces you will hear tonight were originally planned for the Halloween concert last fall with the theme Darkness to Light with All Saints Day being the light. But then a darker thing came, the hurricane.

This concert is dedicated to those of you who have come from darkness and are now coming into the light and also to those of you who are still in darkness and are waiting for the light to come.

* Eli, Eli! - Gyorgy Deak-Bardos
     We begin with the darkest hour anyone my have faced.
     The translation:
     And at the 9th hour
     Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying:
     My God, My God,
     Why hast thou forsaken me?

* Weep, O Mine Eyes - John Bennet

* The Majesty and Glory of Your Name - Tom Fettke
     (Now after all that darkness and sorrow, there is hope.)

* The Owl and the Pussycat - Arranged by Robert Chilcott
     (“The Owl and the Pussycat” is a famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published in 1871.
     Its most notable historical feature is the coinage of the term runcible spoon.
     Portions of an unfinished sequel, “The Children of the Owl and the Pussycat,” were first published posthumously in 1938.)

* Nelly Bly - Stephen Foster - Arranged by Dean Rishel
     (Stephen Foster was the most popular American songwriter of the 19th century who wrote over 200 songs.
      Many of his songs were nostalgic about the past or told about love and problems people experienced in their daily lives.
      Within this arrangement, there are also melodic quotes of other songs he had written.)

* Elijah Rock - Arranged by Jester Hairston

* Old Irish Blessing - Denes Agay
     (Denes Agay wrote Old Irish Blessing in honor of his only daughter Susan on her 17th Birthday.
     He passed away last year at the age of 95. This song was also sung at his own memorial service.)

* Gloria - John Rutter

There were only 65 people at the concert. A fitting end. Just fade away.

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