Hello my blog readers. I know it has been quite a while since you have heard from me. Somewhere between Thanksgiving and June, things got very hectic here and I was going through what we all refer to as "adjustment issues."
Let me start by saying that I have had a very full and rich winter and spring. I became involved in two performing groups and have been so busy going to rehearsals that my time was literally eaten up. Add to that the occasional Saturday working day and life just got very busy.
Now that my musical, Once Upon a Mattress is over and the barbershop chorus that I direct has had its day on the stage, I think I have a few things to write about.
Working backwards, I want to comment on the Queen's Jubilee, 60 years of Queen Elizabeth on the throne. I work with many expats from the UK and we shared our collected knowledge about the Queen's big day. At the end of the day, I found myself driving downtown and remembered that there was going to be a celebration at St. Andrew's church, where I attend services. I checked in with my friend, another American and we met at church for what was a delightful and meaningful service. The music was spectacular, with horns and Handel's Zadok the Priest, the well known coronation anthem. Other music choices followed with a sincere and heartfelt rendering of God Save the Queen. An American doesn't get too many opportunities to belt out the alternative words to My Country Tis of Thee and I enjoyed every minute of it. Most importantly, one of the Sheikh's attended the service. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is known to us as the "Education Sheikh" and His Highness. Now it is interesting that I have attended two different events where His Highness walked amongst the people. Although there is security for these events, it is not to the point of the security that we would experience seeing a high ranking Vice President or presidential candidate in the US. When His Highness drove into the church compound, I was at the curb waiting to cross to enter the church and I recognized the education Sheikh from my previous encounter with him at a large educational event. I admit, I was a little excited to see this gentleman up close. Although he is part of the royal family, he is not in line to the throne.
The weekend previous to the show, my barbershop chorus performed in the "Just Voices" show. Three different choral groups worked to present a wonderful evening of a cappella music. I was asked to direct this group, back in January, so we had been quite busy getting ready for two different concerts. It went well, save for a "costume malfunction" on the second night of the concert, when my beautiful fuschia gown got caught under my music stand. A long pull and the skirt bounced back into place. The audience actually loved that moment. (maybe I will include a costume malfunction in every show.)
My Farewell Tour
I am calling this part of my journey, before I leave, my "Farewell Tour" because haven't you ever noticed that when a cool rock band is going to change members or break up, they have a Farewell Tour that lasts about a year? Well, I began my "Farewell Tour" at the Thanksgiving dinner table last November as I sat and looked around at my family, my cousins, aunts and uncles and I asked my mother what she would think if I decided to teach overseas. My mother responded favorably and I thought, well, then, this is it. This could be my last Thanksgiving dinner with the family in New England, for a couple of years. I mentally looked around at the family as if to impress their faces and that moment on my mind. At that point, my mother was the only one who knew that I was planning such a crazy, wild journey of my heart. I applaud her for being open to such an idea. Now that I am further along in my journey, she is still so very supportive. What more can one ask from her parents?