Wednesday January 4th

No more Yankee Talk!

Oh my gosh. What a ride. What a ride indeed. I woke up bright and early this morning and went to the dorm lounge at 7:45 with all of my belongings awaiting the bus. I assumed it would be there around 8:00/8:15. Well it didn’t get there until probably 8:45. So much for trying to get there early to beat everyone else for a seat. As others arrived, stumped at the fact the bus was late, it was freezing outside. So the choir headed into Thayer Lounge in the student center for some muffins and beverages. It finally arrived. After the luggage crew loaded all of our stuff, we hit the road. It was close to 9:30.

The first couple of hours weren’t so bad. I slept, fell right asleep. Then I started “Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie. After a little while the choir decided it was time for a movie. Jewel, an alto, who happens to be a wonderful person in charge of the DVD selection, planned the movies for the day. We started with some stand up comedy by Ellen Degeneres. Then, because it was nap time soon, we put on Planet Earth and watched the predator/prey interaction in nature. After a few rest stops along the way, we continued with Bridesmaids. Note that throughout the bus ride I heard some selections of Alcina, the Handel opera the school is putting on this semester. A good use of time, but, you can only take so much Handel after a few hours.

Everyone was getting tired and our bodies tired of being on the bus for an entire day, so obviously some of us got a little restless. Once we were a couple hours outside of Johnson City, TN, Jordan, an alto in the choir, brought out her Book of Questions. It’s a small book filled with 217 thought provoking questions. It was a great way to pass the time and to get to know the people in the choir a little better.

Finally. Finally, we arrived in Johnson City. As soon as we entered Tennessee, we noticed the number of crosses. Huge crosses. Some lit up. So many crosses. It looks like a lovely place and I look forward to working with the high school students tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to take some photos to put up as well!

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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