Posts Tagged ‘singing’

It’s Easier to Sing in Esperanto

September 14, 2011

For the Observance of 9-11, our pastor asked my wife if a certain hymn could be sung during offertory.  The hymn was written specifically to commemorate the first anniversary of 9-11 in 2002.  As it was based on one of my favorite books of the Bible, that being Ecclesiastes, I asked my wife if I could do the solo.

We had about 2 weeks to practice the hymn. Previously I had sung solos in Esperanto, which is phonetic and is pronounced as spelled.  No problem there.  But an English hymn is not sung as it s written, at least not when done correctly. I had to learn to suppress or omit my Rs and pronounce certain other words certain ways.  I had a printout of the words, and I marked it up in ways meaningful only to me. I also had to concentrate on not going too fast, as it is a mournful hymn.

In the end we succeeded, hymn, 762, in the Lutheran Service Book came out sounding great, thanks to my speech coach.

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An Esperanto/English Duet

October 4, 2010

The Sunday before last, I was approached by one of our congregation’s eldest members. He’s one of the one’s who just loved my solo in Esperanto last month. He asked if I would sing another song because they were celebrating his wife’s 90th birthday and wanted to hear me again (blush.) So I checked with the church’s music director (my wife as it happens,) and she said OK. After service I mentioned that it would be cool if we could do a duet I’d been thinking of and she agreed.

I found sheet music which closely matched the YouTube video where I learned the melody and created a bilingual song sheet for us. The plan was to volley back and forth between English and Esperanto, yet share the refrains.

It was a fun thing to do, and I only hope my church continues its indulgence of me in singing offertories which are not in English. My next stint should be during Advent, God willing.

Singing in Church

September 6, 2010

I had some fun yesterday in church. My wife is THE music person in our church, so I had a bit of an advantage doing this. I’ve been learning a few hymns in Esperanto from my Esperanto hymnal Adoru over the past months. During the offertory my wife has had our daughter play a short piece on the piano, to general good reception.

I approached my wife with the idea of singing my favorite Esperanto hymn during offertory and she was in favor of it.  We went over it together to be sure we were on the same page. I’ve been singing the song by myself a capella for some months, and I wanted to be sure I hadn’t strayed far from the music I learned the song by from youtube.

So we kept it a secret until the moment I stood to sing the song. I belted out ‘Ni Plugas la Kamparon‘ verses 1 and 3. It went well.

This just about floored everyone in our small congregation as I’m about the quietest one there. My pastor exclaimed, “Who would have expected this from our silent deacon?” Everyone was amazed and generally pleased. Seems I may have found another way to ‘give’ to our church.  I’m just unsure if I’ll be allowed to sing only in Esperanto.