It was around this time last year, when my time at Kellenberg was winding down. I was starting to say all of my goodbyes, and some of the hardest things to say goodbye to was chorus. If you have been a long reader of this blog, you will know how much I love chorus, and how it played such a huge part in my life.
In our final Spring concert, there was a great song that we were singing. It was a melody of songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In the middle, there was a singing solo for the beginning of the song "Let's Hang On". I tried out for that and I got it, but I wasn't done yet. There was a song for Firebird Swing that I wanted as well. It was a scat solo, in the middle of The Flintstone's Theme Song. I got that one as well.
When I was signing these two solos, I couldn't believe that my singing career at Kellenberg was over. Let's Hang On was my last chorus solo, while The Flintstones was my last ever solo in Kellenberg. It was a very emotional few moments for me, as I stepped away from the mic after my scat was finished. I couldn't believe that this magical joyride of a singing career was over.
To come from not being in the chorus, to being told by other's that I would never get a solo, to getting The Boy From New York City, to then being one of the leaders, not just of the basses in the chorus, but in the entire chorus my junior and senior year. All of these thoughts, and many more were floating around in my head during that last ever song.
I am so excited to be going back to Kellenberg this Friday, for the Spring Concert, for the first time since I graduated last year. I am also really excited to be going to the Firebird Swing concert next Friday, and having the privilege of going back up onto the risers, to sing our old theme song, Route 66.
I will link both songs down below, both Let's Hang On, and The Flintstones, so that you can hear what I had to do. Plus, it gives me a good excuse for putting in two great songs onto this blog.
Have you ever heard these songs before? Were you ever in your high school's chorus? Would you have wanted to have solo's in your chorus?
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