The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!
Today is a day of endings and beginnings.
Endings… My dear friend and music mentor is retiring as music director at her church, not entirely by choice. I have sung in the community chorus she founded for around a quarter of a century. She was Robin’s violin teacher from grade 2 through high school, and founded the teen and children’s choruses I now direct. Robin sang in them, and I helped out, and one spring, when Mrs. R broke her collarbone, the accompanist and I kept rehearsals going for 7 or 8 weeks. Two weeks before the concert, she was finally able to return… and told me I would be directing the children in their concert. (I panicked.) She mentored me through that concert and several more years directing the children’s chorus, then turned the youth chorus over to me as well… and continued her wise, supportive, and loving mentorship. Now Mrs. R is retiring from her church, and will no longer direct the adult chorus. (Another member of her church will take over until a new organist/music director is hired.)
Though I will see her from time to time as a friend, I will miss her at weekly rehearsals, and I will miss her musicianship and regular mentoring. Most of all, I will miss the deep love and joy she brought to every encounter with music, a joy and love she was able to instill in students and choristers alike. Though I normally attend another church, I’ll be at hers this morning in support and loving thanks.
And beginnings… Rehearsals for the youth and children’s choruses start today. I always look forward to the start of a new chorus season, to seeing “my” singers’ smiles and excitement as they first hear the music they’ll be learning. I’m a volunteer; I think I get as much or more joy and enrichment from these few hours with the kids as they do. To quote my mother, it feeds my spirit.
Last Week on the Blog
Upcoming on the Blog
- #6degrees: from The Arsonist to His Burial Too
- Top Ten Tuesday – very tentative
- WIP Wednesday – very tentative
- reviews to be determined
- News & Notes – 3/09/2019- very tentative
- Sunday Post –3/10/2019
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I continued my rereading binge this week, aided and abetted by insomnia. (The insomnia could stop now. Really. I mean, it’s great revisiting all these books, but I need some sleep.) Rereads included four Jayne Ann Krentz books and Tribute and Born in Ice by Nora Roberts. I also managed to squeeze a few new-to-me books in there, notably Lie by Moonlight (an Amanda Quick backlist title I hadn’t read), Born in Fire by Nora Roberts (I had read book 2 several years ago), and Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading. I liked the first and loved the second and third. I reread Stephanie Burgis’s novella Snowspelled so I could start Thornbound, and I’m still reading A Stash of Her Own edited by knitter Clara Parkes.
Listening to: Something Wonderful is the story of Rodgers and Hammerstein and their musicals. The first section covered their separate lives and careers before they joined forces to work on Oklahoma! From here on, I suspect the book will take it show by show, interspersed with whatever was happening in their private lives. As a diehard musical theater fan who loves Rodgers and Hammerstein’s shows, I’m enjoying the book very much, but I wish the audiobook could have included the songs that it discusses. As it is, I keep stopping the book to go listen to them again.
Watching: We’re watching Eureka, Season 2.
New Additions to the Hoard
I’m kind of tight on time right now, and I didn’t add that many new books, so I’ll share them next week.