Music and the Spoken Word (Again)

This morning, BYU Singers had the opportunity to sing on Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Besides the whole 7:30 AM call time it’s a serious blast.  This is the second time I’ve been on the broadcast, but for some reason this one felt more fun.  I don’t know why.  We were very warmly received by everyone there: audience, choir and leadership alike.

We sang “Tebe Poyem (To Thee We Sing)” by Konstantine Shvedov and “Bright Pathways” arranged by Dr. Staheli on our own and then sang “Come We That Love the Lord,” arranged by Dr. Staheli and “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand,” arranged by Arthur Harris with the Tabernacle Choir.  We didn’t pick up some of this music until last Tuesday.

It’s always an interesting situation singing on a live broadcast.  You’ve got to make sure that you do exactly as your told, stand exactly where you’re supposed to stand, and hold your music “just so.”  TV people come up to you after the run through and brush away the tiniest piece of lint from your lapels because it’s “distracting” from your face.

It was a great time and we didn’t get dumped on with lots of snow like we did two years ago!  It’s kind of cool to understand that you’ve potentially got a larger audience during one broadcast than all combined audiences during an entire tour.  By the way, I’m really looking forward to tour through exotic Colorado and Wyoming next month!


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