(Thousands of people, happy smiley faces, loud music and happiness everywhere ... and here's a guy, head buried in his laptop. Does this paint a sorry picture? :D ? Sorry, yours truly was truly shattered last night and fell asleep before his head hit the pillow so this Blog is a little late in coming)
Day 2 was another early start as Disneyland beckoned and everyone couldn't wait to get there. Our hotel isn't too far away so we all took the 20 minute hike to "the happiest place on earth". Our first engagement was a Sound and Recording Workshop.
Parents, if there was one thing that would have justified (the expense of) this trip, this workshop was it. The girls were taken through a 90 minute workshop with a seasoned and widely experienced vocal coach who taught the girls so many different things about one's voice and how to use it effectively in so many different ways related to singing. And it wasn't just in theory; as a classically trained singer, she sang in the classical style and then changed to different genres - the lesson: it's the same voice but look at how it can change to suit different styles. And so on, and so on. This workshop was worth its weight in gold and there was so much to take away from it.
Of course our biggest (physical, so to speak) takeaway was a recording of our girls singing the soundtrack to some famous Disney movies.
Suffice it to say that it was a phenomenal experience and I really hope that the girls took it as the learning experience that it was.
Then it was a few hours of fun time where the girls really got to experience the Disney experience. The sun was blazing down and the temperatures were soaring but the girls were well hydrated and sun-blocked, and made the most of their time, notwithstanding the obligatory queuing at places like these. No doubt, the girls will tell you all about it when they get home.
Too soon, we had to board the bus (after the trek back to the hotel on foot) to our next engagement with Musyca to the north of LA.
Parents, this was another encounter worth its weight in gold. We first met the Musyca choir - with amazing directors, Anna and Misha, when they came to Auckland about 3 months ago (you may recall that we had that joint concert at St Lukes, Remuera). They were so happy to see us and it was great to see that Choristers, from both choirs, recognise each other and were so enthusiastic in greeting each other (albeit a bit shyly at first). Another example of how music is such an enabler for bridging distance, culture, ethnic and social differences.
The joint concert was amazing in every sense of the word and was very well received by, what turned out to be, a very big audience. As amazing as the concert was, the highlight was in the grand finale when both choirs performed Tu Tira Mai together. The Musyca choir had learnt all the related actions remotely, and to see it all come together on the night was really heart warming.,
They put on a wonderful spread for us after the concert where the choirs got to do some real catch up with each other, and, again, this was another example of how valuable this tour is turning out to be.
If we had to end it here and come back home, I would still be very comfortable to rate this tour a success. However, we aren't even half way there yet. And we've still got our Disney performance ... in just over 2 hours.
Which means....gotta run :) More later.