on a totally different note(pun intended)
I stayed in Tulsa overnight with a friend from the Royal School course before heading out to Broken Arrow for their 8 a.m. service on Sunday, and therefore I am in receipt of our CDs from the Summer Course.
I put it in the CD player when I got home. Not that I have any self-esteem issues, but I was a little frightened to hear my own voice leading the Preces and Responses, my little voice among all of the professional musicians and near-professionals on the course.
Of course it was all just fine, and it was such a pleasure to listen to the music and be reminded of the hard work, good times, and most of all, the special community of children and adults that gathered that week.
Bonus moments included the sound of thunder during the Magnificat recorded at the Evensong at St. John's, Tulsa, and the clanking of the thurible during the Magnificat recorded at the final Evensong at Trinity, Tulsa. Also, the sound of general Episcopal milling during the prelude and postlude. These make for an "imperfect" recording but for me makes it more like listening to real worship rather than a concert.