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Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda

Lunt Auditorium 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 Monday, August 13, 2018

7:00pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal 8-6-18 Rehearsal Recap and Plan for 8-13-18 Great rehearsal this week, thank you! We all got to try some new tools and expand our group skills with good success. A big thank you Sam McGrath for stepping up to the task at a moment’s notice to lead us through some new and fun physical and vocal warm-ups. I also appreciate feedback on my attempts to apply the lessons from last weekend’s HCNE director track course with Dan Falcone and Joe Hunter. I think it will help me communicate with all of you even better. Good stuff! I appreciate the effort that members are making to attend rehearsals during this summertime season as we continue to prepare for the upcoming series of concerts we have on the schedule. We also made good progress on “A Most Unusual Day”. We need to get the music into our heads as soon as possible so that we can move beyond the holding sheet music phase. It is our responsibility as chorus members to learn the music before chorus meetings so that we can rehearse together. Having keep the sheet music in front of you after a scheduled learn date really slows the process down and actually holds the people around back. It was also fun to take a new song “Irish Blessing” from the “Free and Easy” series from BHS through from start to finish applying the learning techniques we have been talking about (everyone learning the melody, “ooo-ing” harmony parts with the lead line, adding singing the harmony parts with words and so on). I will be sending out information on the performance *Sunday, August 19 at the Temple Hall in Ocean Park a little later. I can tell you that we will be wearing our Orlando contest outfit (black shoes, tux pants, solid color shirts and colored ties [no vest this time]). Those of you who did not go to Orlando need to put together and solid color shirt and tie combination and check with Jack or Joe to make sure it is appropriate. Arrival times and parking instructions will follow. For next we TRULY need to be ready to work up to the top of page 5 on Most Unusual Day and we will continue fine tuning our repertoire introductions and see if we can complete Irish Blessing. Take care and stay cool! Jay *Aug. 19 (Sun) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Ocean Park Performance on Temple Ave, OOB Where: The Temple, Ocean Park, 50 Temple Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME Times: 7:30pm - 9:30pm Link:


Music Notes… A Most Unusual Day - performance notes We are starting back up on this song and doing are best to keep it moving. It would be great to have sectionals to work on unit sound and rhythms but that can only accomplished if everyone knows there part when they come through the door. I have talking with Jim Curtis and he has suggested a few modifications to make the song reflect us as the Downeasters and to simplify some parts. He has a lot of ideas but we wanted to get two of them out to the membership right away. At the intro measure 2 the note values for “sing-ing” change from even quarter notes to syncopated eighth and dotted quarter so that “sing” is quick and “ing” is held much like you would pronounce the word “singing”. An idea throughtout the song is to make sure the word “Most” gets its full time value especially when at the end of the of the phrase as in measure 37 and so on. In measures 34 and 35 he suggests using the words “…as an old native son of New England would say….” Instead of the sheet music “…as an old native born Californian would say…” Another idea throughout is to “soften” the words such as “the” and “to” so that they are more “conversational” a sound like we would speak them when talking to someone. In measure 136 at the tag (not the optional tag), Jim suggests removing the high “swipe” for the tenors, leads and baritones at the very tail end of the measure on “us-u-al-----“ and go right to the last chord in measure 137. He also suggests a bass addition in measure 137 of the phrase, “Oh, what a day” starting on the A then down to G, back up to A with a slide down to low C on “Day”. (At 137, the swipe Jim wants to remove is bass, bari, lead. Tenors already do a whole note there.) Please add this to your sheet music and studying this week so we can explore them next week. Jay Visit the Members Only Section at for the Music Library and other Downeasters Resources. ***************************************************************

Downeasters Mission Statement Enriching Lives Through Excellence In A Cappella Harmony Downeasters Chorus Pillars of Success

Established 2013 As members of the Downeasters Chorus, the following Pillars of Success are our guiding principles.

8. HAVE FUN 1. Stand Like a Champion! 2. Bring the Whole Singer

3. The Pitchpipe is Sacred 4. Sing Tall and Forward 5. Be Artistic with Your Voice, Face and Body 6. Bring the Audience on Your Journey 7. Expect to Grow!

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Active Repertoire A Cop On The Beat Blue Skies Consider Yourself God Bless America I Will Go Sailing No More I'm Gonna Live Till I Die If I Loved You Keep The Whole World Singing Longest Time Love Me O Canada Star Spangled Banner Wonderful Day Medley Tin Roof Blues

Hello Mary Lou Caroline Click here to go to the music library New Song -> It's a Most Unusual Day Downeasters Practice Videos: Chris’s channel: **************************************************************

** Wings for Wishes Show Cancelled 9/22 ** OOB365 was forced to cancel this show due to town concern over liability. Those responsible, please insure all calendars, websites, newsletters reflect change. Miles Sep. 22 (Sat) ** Canceled Performance ** What: Wings For Wishes Performance HAS BEEN CANCELED

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Aug. 17, 18, 19 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 Alton Bay Barbershop Harmony Jamboree Where: Alton, NH Times: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 12:00pm - Sun, Aug 19, 2018 1:00pm For More Info Link: Aug. 19 (Sun) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Ocean Park Performance on Temple Ave, OOB Where: The Temple, Ocean Park, 50 Temple Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME Times: 7:30pm - 9:30pm Link: Aug. 22 (Wed) What: Olde Tymers Luncheon Where: Pat’s Pizza in Yarmouth Time: 11:30 am Please contact us no later than two days before. Wayne Newton Dick Wheeler

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Aug. 22 (Wed) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: The Pier at OOB Performance Where: The Pier, East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sep. 10 (Mon) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Sable Lodge Community Performance Where: Sable Lodge Community, 74 Running Hill Rd, South Portland, ME 04106 Times: 7:00pm - 9:30pm Sep. 14, 15, 16 (Fri-Sun) What: 2018 New England Harmony Brigade Special Quest Quartet: 2008 International Gold Medal Quartet Champions, OC Times Where: Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough, Mass. Times: TBA For More Info Link: Facebook: *Sep. 22 (Sat) ** Canceled Performance ** What: Wings For Wishes Performance HAS BEEN CANCELED Sep. 26 (Wed) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Cumberland Fair Performance Where: Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland , ME 04021 Times: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sep. 29 (Sat) What: Kennebec Valley Chordsmen Annual Show Feature Quartet: Odds and Ends Quartet Where: Ayotte Theater, Thomas College, River Road, Waterville Time: 2:00pm

Website Link: Oct. 6 (Sat) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: Cape Porpoise Performance Where: Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport 3 Langsford Rd Church on the Cape Kennebunkport, ME 04046 Times: 7:00pm (Call Time: 5:30 pm) Oct. 20 (Sat) What: Nor’easters Annual Concert Feature Quartet: Odds and Ends Quartet Where: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd in Brunswick Time: 2:00pm Website Link: Oct. 26, 27, 28 (Fri-Sun) ** Downeasters Performance ** What: 2018 NED Fall District Convention & Contests Where: Westbrook Performing Arts Center 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Maine 04092 Times: Tentative Schedule: Fri-1:00pm- 10:00pm Sat-8:00am- 10:00pm Sun- 9:30am-11:00am NED BOD Meet, 11:00am-1:00pm Seniors Chorus Rehearsal For More Info Link:

~ 2019 ~ Jan. 22-27 (Tue – Sun) What: 2019 BHS Midwinter Convention - Nashville, TN Where: Grand Ole Opry Link: Link: Jun. 30–July 7 (Sun – Sun) What: 2019 BHS International - Salt Lake City, UT Where: Salt Lake City, Utah Link:

~ 2020 ~ Jun. 28–July 5 (Sun – Sun) What: 2020 BHS International - Las Angeles, CA Where: Las Angeles, CA Link:

~ 2021 ~ Jun. 27–July 4 (Sun – Sun) What: 2021 BHS International Cleveland, OH Where: Cleveland, OH ink:

~ 2022 ~ July 3–July 10 (Sun – Sun)

What: 2022 BHS International Charlotte, NC Where: Charlotte, NC Link:

~ 2023 ~ July 3–July 10 (Sun – Sun) What: 2023 BHS International Louisville, KY Where: Louisville, KY Link:

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RECENT DEATH Sorry to read of the passing of Judith Van Derburgh at the age of 88. Judy is survived by her husband, Dr. Art Van Derburgh. Older members may recall that Art sang lead in the "MOONLIGHTERS" with Larry Newth, the late Cliff Howe, and this writer. A celebration of Judy's life will be held on September 8 at 2 p.m. at State Street United Church of Christ, 159 State Street,Portland. Sympathy cards for Art may be sent to 193 Edwards Street,Portland 04103 Submitted by Richard Wheeler

Notes of Interest * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Please send pictures and notes of your quartet’s outings, Shows that you have seen, Shows that you are looking forward to seeing, Quartet or Chorus news from around New England to:

Raspberry Lime Rickey | Recipe and History Fruity and fizzy, the raspberry lime rickey is a popular New England summer drink. Learn its history, plus our favorite easy raspberry lime rickey recipe. Bethany Bourgault

It’s fruity and fizzy with a signature hint of lime, perfect for cooling off in New England’s summer months. The uniquely New England Raspberry Lime Rickey recipe – raspberry syrup, seltzer, and lime – brings back nostalgic memories of childhood for so many who grew up in the Northeast region. But did you know that this popular soda shop staple got its start in the post-Civil War, Washington D.C bar circuit? Raspberry Lime Rickey from the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island. Aimee Seavey Colonel Joseph Rickey moved to Washington D.C to try his hand at lobbying after the Civil War. He considered himself a bit of an expert on the governmental affairs of the time, and enjoyed his friendships with politicians. He and his friends would meet up for drinks in D.C. bars so frequently that it was no surprise when Rickey’s signature order became popularly recognized. Bartenders and bargoers alike began calling his choice beverage – bourbon or whiskey, seltzer water, lemon and a hearty chunk of ice – the “Joe Rickey” as early as the 1800s. Legend holds that Rickey lamented his newfound fame, regretting that he would be remembered for the drink rather than his lengthy and robust career. (Spoiler alert: he didn’t lament it for too long. Later in life, he bought the establishment that most popularized the beverage and made some sizable profits off this new investment.) In the meantime, though, the “Joe Rickey” worked its way into the arsenal of almost every bartender in the area. Lime replaced the lemon, and the drink showed signs of spreading even further into the country. At least until prohibition made it illegal. The “Joe Rickey” quickly found itself facing serious threat of extinction. People were no longer turning to bars, but to speakeasies and black market trading for their fix of spirits. The Rickey as everyone knew it just didn’t have a place anymore. Just as the country was about to say farewell to the Rickey, it made something of an inadvertent comeback. People noticed that the mocktail version tasted just as “adult” as the cocktail version. (Many say the the lime helped it retain its signature bitter kick.) For years, the Lime Rickey served as a cultural stand-in for alcoholic beverages. Prohibition, of course, didn’t last forever, but as other once-alcoholic beverages re-embraced their former forms, the rickey did not. People had become so accustomed to the mocktail rickey that rather than regaining its popularity in bars, it found more fans in soda shops and ice cream parlors. New Yorkers added cherry syrup to theirs, and we New Englanders added raspberry syrup to ours. The new version was sweet, tangy, and much “fancier” than regular soda. Soon the “Raspberry Lime Rickey” was all the rage in every jukebox-playing, soda-on-tap dining establishment in the northeast. Nowadays, you might not see the Raspberry Lime Rickey on the menu as frequently as you used to, but when you do – it’s a treat. For anyone looking to make their childhood favorite at home, here’s a quick Raspberry Lime Rickey recipe below. Do you remember the Raspberry Lime Rickey? Did you try the Raspberry Lime Rickey recipe? Let us know! GET THE RECIPE: Raspberry Lime Rickey This post was first published in 2016 and has been updated.

Original Story: New England Today

Original Link: Passed on by Cy

From LiveWire: Video(s) of the Week Performances from the 2018 Harmony University Friday night show! 12 Quartets and 5 Choruses

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8-10-2018 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus in Yarmouth/Portland, Maine USA

8-10-2018 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus in Yarmouth/Portland, Maine USA