Happy Song

I have a video of " All God's Children Have a Place in the Choir" which is a very bouncy  old country style song which I can't seem to transfer to our bulletin board,  If you want to perk up your day, email me and I will forward it to you.  Jill.


The Music Within

We were talking about this movie during the break at Classic Rock Choir last week.  It is well worth watching.  I don't see it on Netflix or Prime but I've found it for rent on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkKvQbPxdYU.  $3.99.

This movie is a documentary about the life of Richard Pimentel, the creator of the guide used first in the U.S. then around the world, teaching workplaces how to integrate people with disability into the workplace.  I had an opportunity to meet Richard at a conference and had a great time chatting with him - he said the movie is an excellent representation of what happened.

Here's the trailer: https://youtu.be/xpWs04Gsx-U


Chocolate Cake

Hi everyone I told about this great recipe for the best chocolate cake I have ever  tasted.  I inadvertently posted it on the Spirit's Call Choir bulletin board.  So if you want to look at it switch to the Spirits Call's page and tap Bulletin Board.  Sorry about this,  Jill

Chocolate Cake


CBC article: How singing sea shanties can help you weather the pandemic

Thought I'd share this with you all on singing sea shanties. The CBC article mentions how physically keeping time with others" helps us connect especially during the pandemic (in other words, singing in groups).

"It seems really reasonable that seeing [people] collaborating digitally in this way … and even just witnessing this kind of a collaboration and maybe singing along at home, would give you that feeling of behavioural synchrony that feels so good to us," Cowart said.

Full article and videos of sea shanties can be found with this link. 





Thula Sizwe and Senzenina

Hi fellow Spirit's Call Choir friends,


I came across this website which includes lots of background information on Apartheid and the role of these two songs.  I thought some of you might find it interesting to read at some point. It includes the english translation for both songs too.  Best to you all.  In harmony,

Marjorie Ross

Glen Campbell plays 'William Tell Overture'

For most of the 1960s, Glen Campbell's brilliant guitar playing was known only by a select few top recording studios and artists. Long before Glen became known nationally as an outstanding vocalist, actor and TV personality, he was one of the most in-demand recording studio guitarists in the world. He could have earned a 7-figure annual income as a high-end, asked-for studio guitarist for years on end if that had been all he cared to do. How good was he? The Lone Ranger knows! You will enjoy.

Take a look at this video. It doesn’t get much better than this. "The William Tell Overture" by Giaochino Rossini. Many of us grew up watching the Lone Ranger and Tonto on black and white television. Years later, many of us watched the Glen Campbell show on TV as well. This video is a clip of a younger Glen Campbell playing the William Tell Overture (with symphony orchestra) and dedicating it to Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto. You may never have seen Glen play like this before.

This is world-class guitar playing and Campbell makes it look easy; note he is playing a 12 string! The sounds of Glen Campbell on guitar and the symphony orchestra playing Rossini's "William Tell Overture" will take you back to those golden days of yesteryear, when the strains of Rossini's masterpiece coming over the radio meant the Lone Ranger show was about to begin.


Olive and Mabel video, plus French Apple Cake recipe.

As requested, here’s the link to Olive and Mabel, the adorable Labrador Retrievers and their hilarious owner:

Good for a wee laugh!

And the French Apple cake (with a smidge of rum ?




Hi all!

I am soooooooooo excited to finally have our bulletin board back so we can keep in touch with one another more easily.  Please feel free to post here if you have anything you'd like to say to the group at large.  Questions?  Support?  Get together for a social distance walk, or a zoom chat... (we had a zoom coffee with Jeremy's parents in Winnipeg this morning and it was AMAZING how it starts to feel like you are actually in the same room together!  I don't know why we don't do this more often!)

We are particularly wanting to reach out into the our community and make sure everyone has connections to get us all through our first Covid winter together, so please do use this space (bulletin board and the directory) to contact one another.  And if you know anyone who lives alone and does not have much support please encourage them to try our choir, you never know the magic that can happen when someone starts singing and laughing!

As our first email stated: "Let us co-create a learning environment of FUN & FREEDOM this Fall!

This Community Bulletin Board is where we can start creating.  Post jokes, stories, videos... anything that will bring a smile to our faces when we log in!  If we all make an effort to keep our community healthy and happy - you can be sure we will all benefit. 

Please have a look at our "welcome" video.  
We are going to provide you with a video recording every practice so you can practice with us any time of any day.  We are also going to edit the practice recordings into smaller video clips so you can easily find a link to a specific warm up or song, ear training exercise (harmonizing or improvising) or sight singing exercise.

We REALLY want this website to be very easy for you to access and use your practice tools, so please let us know how it's going and if you have any suggestions on how we can make it work better for you.  Check out the recording section where you can find listening tracks for each part of each song.  You can start by choosing the track that has your part highlighted (meaning it will be louder and all the other parts will be quieter in the background, so you can still hear them, but your part is significantly louder and easier to pick out).  Once you get good at singing along with the highlighted track, challenge yourself and see if you can sing with the "all parts mixed equally track".  Don't forget to try to blend in!  

For the BIG  CHALLENGE.. see if you can sing along with the highlight track of a different part (so you're hearing someone elses part louder than your own).  That's the real test to see how well you have internalized the song and how independent you are!  It's great food for thought, and great inspiration!

We are looking forward to our first sectional practices tomorrow!  (It will be interesting as I work with the sopranos while Jeremy works with the tenors in the next room).  The following week I'll work with altos and Jeremy will work with basses.  We will do that again one more time with each group before we all meet again as a full choir.  "Sectionals" gives us all a chance to really focus in on the specifics for each section (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) without having to sit around waiting for your turn.

Just for FUN & LAUGHS, it's a chance to get to know others in our community.  Consider sharing a song, performing a skit, (a lip sync?), karaoke, tell a joke, tell a story, show us your art... anything goes!  Consider just showing up and watching/listening.  The more the merrier! (literally!)

xoxo! Sandi