Monday the 7th of April. Tonight was the recording session of our Catholic church-choir. We are making a CD with all the English songs we usually sing at mass, and the profit we make with the CD will be given to the church. I had prayed that the session would go well, but I have to say; it was quite a disaster, but that makes one more funny story to tell!
So, for once I have been feeling quite well for a longer time, but of course today, on the day of the recording, I wake up with a sore throat and slight fever. And when I come to church I see that also Natalja, our strongest voice in the choir has a thick scarf around her throat and is feeling sick. (She told me it happens every year; she is never ill during the year, except the week she has a choir concert! How ironic!)
|Members of the Catholic Church Choir of Tampere Parish. © Cecilia Damström|
|Joao ready for recording the choir. © Cecilia Damström|
By the time I arrived back in church the headphones weren’t working anymore. And they were of course headphones which needed a 6.35mm plug in (not the 3.5mm plug in which for instance computers mp3 players have), so the quickest solution was that I went home and got my own headphones with the 6.35mm plug in. (Luckily I live close to church as well!)
|Joao and Zita listening if you can hear the mistake we made or not.|
© Cecilia Damström
|Happy members of the church choir. © Cecilia Damström|
|Juan accompanying us on guitar. © Cecilia Damström|
|Theresa growing tired. © Cecilia Damström|
Quite at the end of our recording session we sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Well, it wasn’t quite Cohen’s version, because we only sang the verses that are suitable for church, so only three verses. In this song our pianist was feeling so unsure though so we decided finally I would play the piano. The choir had a really hard time keeping in tempo, so Joao also had to kind of conduct the choir while recording. I had a slight hard time with both playing the piano and at the same time singing (alone) the second voice. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, as I don’t know about the end result) the piano was located quite far away from the singers microphones, so I think my second voice is hardly audible… But we will see.