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the timpani magnet

I've been singing with various choirs since 1993, and my dogs have never uttered one noise about being stuck in the soprano 1 section. My last guide dog, Meghan (the yellow one in the picture of three dogs), amazed me by not moving a muscle when I ended up standing behind the timpani when the church choir sang with the orchestra in 2006. That one truly surprised me. The dogs have been truly good when I've sung with contemporary worship teams and the music got quite loud. The only truly challenging thing for any of the dogs has been the pipe organ at my current church--and it seems more that the challenge is songs with clashing notes and not the loudness of the organ. The organist can see Loretta from his seat; and he apologized a couple of weeks ago for bothering her after a particularly clashy piece during which I petted her to make her lie still.

So this is all a joke between me and Leta, who sits beside me in choir... This morning on the way to cantata rehearsal, I told her about standing behind the timpani with Meg, and we decided it would be a good thing that they couldn't put the timpani in front of me this time--there is an altar in front of us, and the brass would be in front of that.

We got there and went in from the back of the sanctuary ... and the timpani is directly to the right of my row--and I am the second person down.

Poor, poor Loretta. She did amazingly well. But I think I am just a timpani magnet.


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Dec. 14th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Is tympany an instrument or something? I can't quite picture it.

The icon pix you used is the pix of you, not your dog... I was hoping to see Meghan. The same icon pix was the one that stood out in my dream... curious, do you have long, brown hair?
Dec. 14th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I forgot... I posted this to my Facebook and there is a picture there of Meg with my first two dogs... It is also at my dog page. My hair is about down to the middle of my back, maybe a bit shorter. I would call it medium length.

The timpani are huge drums--they are also called kettle drums. (I misspelled timpani when I originally wrote the entry and have corrected this.) Unlike standard drums you hear in popular music, timpani have different pitches. They are used for a number of effects. They might be used at the start of a loud song or to finish off a really big song. If the low ones are played rhythmically, this creates a mood of expectation. If the low ones are rolled, it sounds like thunder, quite literally.

Deaf people can often feel drum beats in their feet... You can feel the timpani in your whole body. So if you stand next to it and it is played, it can be very startling because it vibrates so strongly.

Hope that is helpful. [hugs]
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