Adventures of a Sweet Adeline by one of Berkshire Hills Chorus’ new members, Paulette

 

Our new members have a big challenge – they need to learn the whole repertoire and memorize it, since we don’t use sheet music in performances. They’re allowed to sit out the songs they’re not comfortable with, but most will jump to the challenge of learning it all. Then they find out that some of the songs involve choreography. Nothing too gymnastic, but sometimes challenging to remember. So we practice – in rehearsals, in our living rooms, in our cars. I’ve caught people looking at me, trying to decide if my strange gestures are a weird attempt to express road rage. So I understand Paulette’s embarrassment in the following story:

“I don’t get a level of internet service at my house that will allow me to watch videos, so after I brought my son to school, I went into one of the small music practice rooms with my computer to play Nicole’s video and practice the moves. I’m putting the back of my hand to my forehead like an 18th-century damsel about to faint. I’m putting my hands together as if in prayer. I’m flexing my arm muscles. And I’m looking out the tiny window to the room to see a small group of students staring at me…”

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