1 x six-hour workshop
6 x two-hour rehearsals
1 x half-hour gig on the lawns of the Governor General’s house
1 x one-and-a-half hour day-before-the-concert rehearsal
1 x two-hour afternoon-of-the-concert soundcheck
60 x original Strange Weather Gospel Choir members
20 x Strange Weather Gospel Choir newbies (including me! *waves*)
1 x The Most Amazing Gospel Musical Director Ever, aka One Of The Most Amazing Men In This World, Eric Dozier
2 x just-baked vegan sunflower carrot muffins for a pre-performance energy boost (recipe to come)…
Throw in a handful of complex harmonies, four sure-to-give-you-shivers solos, laughter that makes your sides hurt, passion that makes your heart glow, one of your best friends sitting in the audience (whose delight when you find her afterwards makes you feel a thousand times more ecstatic), parents and grandparents who say they haven’t seen you shine so much with happiness in a long time, and candle-lit Earth Hour drinks with your fellow performers late into the night…
This is what you get:
A gospel concert comprised of song, stories, laughter, an audience that gets up on its feet to sing and clap along, performers who get teary when Eric Dozier sings them a surprise tribute song, new friends, and a feeling of joy and self-certainty that I never want to forget.
Sometimes, life can be wonderful.
P.S. Say hi to my wonderful new friend Libby, and to our shiny Strange Weather scarves! Libby has been an absolute pillar of support for me during these past few weeks of Big Decision Making, giving me advice and much-needed hugs at every rehearsal. It feels like we’ve known each other for years, not weeks. Thank you, Libby!