First off, I’d like to start this post by acknowledging the lack of wifi in our hotel rooms as well as the lack of any sort of restaurant, coffee house or any other attractions around the place where the choir is staying. So, I apologize for the lack of posting. The following are the logs that I’ve kept from the past couple of days:
Wednesday, we arrived in Fort Lauderdale to the warm and refreshing Florida weather. We took a short bus ride to our hotel where we have been staying for the past couple of days. The hotel is nice (pool, tiki bar, etc.) but there are almost no restaurants or attractions around. After we settled into the room my roommates and I took a stroll across the four-lane highway to explore a grocery store.
After getting some groceries I decided to pick-up a sandwich for lunch. As I was taking a bite of my sandwich I noticed that the cap on my front tooth came loose and fell out. Great.
We returned to the hotel for some valuable rehearsal time and got some really productive work done. When rehearsal was through we had some free time before we got on the bus to explore Fort Lauderdale beach. It was great to walk up and down the beach and to get acquainted with the night life.
Yesterday (Thursday) was the first day that we had an actual event planned. We traveled to West Palm Beach to the Dryfoos School of the Arts. The school is basically an arts conservatory for high school students who attend daily for both music and academics. We got to do a clinic and sing for the students and they got to perform for us as well. Their choir is very talented and it was exciting to see such focused students who were so passionate about developing their talents. We had another long productive rehearsal there at the school before to tighten up some last minute things before our first performance, today. That night we went out to downtown Fort Lauderdale and had some great fun!
Today, while the rest of the choir had the morning off, I went to the dentist to get my tooth fixed. After a couple of hours and a little bit of novocaine it’s all fixed and I can finally smile again (and maybe sing with a more proper technique). As for right now, I’m currently sitting across from the beach at a neat coffee shop anticipating our first concert tonight. I think it’s gonna be great!