You Be the Judge

by Dave Schuler on December 4, 2012

When my wife showed me this video

as a longtime choir director it, well, struck a chord with me. To get the full, awful magnificence of it you need to watch the whole thing, which takes a certain amount of sticktoitiveness. I turned back to her and said “This choir has the wrong name. It should be ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Being’”.

I think the moral of this story is ‘Shoemaker, stick to thy last’. Or, as Dirty Harry put it, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Not all material is suited to every choir.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Verdon December 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

Okay, I got about 55 seconds in and went, “Yo? WTF?” Whoever had this idea should simply stop having ideas, about everything.

Steve Verdon December 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

And the longer I watched the worse the horror got…HMOFGMISFFS.

….watch the whole thing, which takes a certain amount of sticktoitiveness.

To quote Malcom Reynolds, “That’s a fact.”

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

It ain’t Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

Sort of a demented Sondheim.

michael reynolds December 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

as a longtime choir director

Is there a job you haven’t done? I swear if you opened a post with “As a long time pirate. . .” none of us would be surprised.

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Isn’t that the truth?

Dave Schuler December 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I was a choir director, off and on, from the time I was 14 for a period of nearly 30 years.

I’ve had quite a checkered career, more so than most folks I guess, but there are lots of things I’ve never done. I’ve never been a physician or a lawyer or an architect or a novelist. I’ve never been a repo man. I’ve never made my living doing anything overtly illegal—like being a holdup man, a burglar, or a counterfeiter.

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Anything inside the law.

Drew December 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand…..

Drew December 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

PS

That’s one of the reasons I love this site. Dave has such a rich and varied experience set. I have more than I’m willing to share. But I get it.

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

He’s a good incubator.

Janis Gore December 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Broad, warm wings.

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