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On warbling

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I was up a bit earlier than usual this morning so ended up listening to part of Sunday Worship on Radio 4 while in the shower. All was going fine — there was a decent enough sermon from Richard Chartres and one HTB Nicky or another was on continuity duties — until the choir started singing Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s fantastic anthem Blessed Be the God and Father.

I say singing but butchering would be more accurate.

What is it with people (normally sopranos, but occasionally an overenthusiastic tenor) who think they can improve things by singing not only the note requested by the composer but also the notes above it and below it? Soloists can get away with a bit of vibrato, but in a choir it sounds like a back alley full of cats on heat. If you can’t hit the note that’s written and stay on it then please just sit down.

For some reason the choir only sang half the piece — perhaps the choirmaster heard me shouting with disgust at the radio — but frankly it was a mercy that they stopped.

Pat Metheny

Monday, August 13th, 2007

We got talking about Pat Metheny after dinner last night (who’da thunk it, at my house?) and so I was moved to finally upload some photos from The Way Up live tour in 2005. To whet your appetite, here he is on a 42-stringed thing he asked his luthier Linda Manzer to create, suitably called the Pikasso guitar.

Pat Metheny on the 42-stringed Pikasso guitar

The rest of the images are all here.