One of the few shining lights in the grim, hamster-wheel professional/ social-obligation darkness that is the October – December period is The Dredge, otherwise known as the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society (don’t ask …). It’s a male voice choir, celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, which is rooted in this part of Chicago. It forms up every October and rehearses a repertoire of Christmas carols, which we then perform in hospitals, retirement communities and other venues throughout December.
I love it. Unabashedly. I admit that, when invited to join, I at first approached it with some caution: (a) never having sung in a choir before; and (b) being a perfectionist, I wasn’t at all sure I’d be ‘good enough’. Now: who cares?!
Tonight was great: I hosted the last rehearsal of the year at home; and Tony took some photos and video. If I manage to work out how to post a snippet of video, I’ll do so … but in the meantime you’ll just need to make do with a (silent) still …
OK … OK … Stop Press: Tony’s managed to incorporate the video snippet (below):
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