June 10th, 2022 @ 12:56 am
as i was just closing down the kitchen on the first floor of my duplex, i was just humming a tune while loading the dishwasher. it took a second for me to realize what it was, but it was “battle hymn of the republic”. no idea where it came from in the year 2022, but my brain definitely stored it because of junior high school chorus practice.
so what’s notable about this? well, i sang that song with my junior high school chorus AT CARNEGIE HALL (in stern auditorium!).
yep, i sang at carnagie hall, lol. i find that shit so weird. it was also only because of the public school i was going to at the time. they allowed us into some program back in 95. for some, that is an absolute life and career goal. here my corny 14 year old ass was shuffling up onto this prestigious stage, honestly just a half-good alto, singing with her choir and got to do it without the practice, practice, practice…
i feel like that is some random ass shit for a non-musician or singer to have on their resume.
i remember walking up on this stage for both practice and for the performance. it felt insane and sort of indescribable to have that view in front of me. it doesn’t look big, and i can’t remember how big that room actually is, but i felt small as shit the two times we were there on that stage.
i remember our chorus teacher mrs. bart kept telling us to sing from our bellies and towards that circle in the middle of the ceiling where the lights are… and i did.
i have to find the program from that performance… i definitely still have it saved. i remember we sang “battle hymn of the republic” and my favorite beethoven song – “hallelujah” (christ on the mount of olives). i know that year we also did sister act songs, but i can’t remember if we did them there or not.
edit: i found the stagebill from an older post (and yes we DID do sister act)!