Dear NewSong

You are welcome to take a peek inside the craziness of NewSong 2017, but be warned: You are about to enter a tangle of references to inside jokes and incidents from the summer. Dear NewSong, Six months. Actually, a few days short of six months. That's how long we've been together. That's about two-thirds of …

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HeartSong #2: Fountain of Song

The singers step onto the stage Lips poised in readiness to sing The notes that bubble deep within Now gushing fresh like mountain spring ~o~ Melodies that mist the air Harmonies hang on the breeze Rhythm as we breathe as one Strike the chord, heads bob, notes cease. Inspired by my experience singing outdoors with …

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HeartSong #1: Remember, Remember

Remember, remember The boots that beat a cruel clip On streets of cobbled gravestone Remember The hushed heavy sighs in silence Crouched in crafty corners Remember The screams of sorrow as soldiers surged and the sons of Shem scattered Remember The trains that huffed and heaved Wooden walls withholding Wending through the way of woe …

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NewSong MtM: Rachael Piscatello

Hello Rachael! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Rachael is one of the sweetest and yet most focused individuals I have had the pleasure to meet. Her duet of "Safe and Sound" with her sister Lois, during a choir fundraiser concert, was one of the best covers of that song …

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NewSong MtM: Daneen Krygsheld

Hello Daneen! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Daneen is the one on the right of the picture, accompanied by Corrine and Annie. Daneen and I were never formally introduced to each other before NewSong, and I have quickly grown to appreciate her deadpan humour, as well as her impressively …

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NewSong Intros: Corrine Alderfer

Hello Corrine! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. I had no idea Corrine was in the Genevans choir, and I only found that fact out after the NewSong list was posted. Though she has a soft-spoken, friendly demeanour, it hides a beautifully clear voice and surprising occasional wit. If you …

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NewSong MTM: Eden Smith

Hello Eden! I'm glad to have you here to hit the midway point in these introductions on a strong note! 😉 Eden is NewSong 2017's pitch-giver, and in spite of being the youngest member of our group, has probably the most musical responsibility and experience. She knows how to both sing hard and play hard. …

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NewSong MTM: Thomas Kinney

Hello Thomas! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Thomas was one of the few members of NewSong I knew before joining NewSong. We had roomed together the year before, and thus, I had already been acquainted with his being a Trekkie and a ferroequinologist (lover of trains). Blessed with a …

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NewSong MtM: William (Will) Shaw

Hello Will! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Will is a fellow Genevans choir member, but one I barely knew before NewSong, but quickly grew to appreciate for his thoughtfulness, gentleness, and good humor. He has a remarkable pedigree in Geneva College and in music, being related to several well-known …

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NewSong MtM: Annie Dawson

Hello Annie! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Annie has one of the brightest and most cheerful personalities in NewSong 2017, as evidenced by her loud and distinctive laughter, which is often heard ringing through the room. In fact, a quote has already been coined for when she starts gasping …

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