Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hope you didn't give up on me...a touch of a nasty viral infection knocked me down for a few days. All that aside, Happy New Year.

Today a wonderful hour was spent appreciating the oddness of Handel's magnificent carol Joy to the World. Have you ever sung it correctly -- i.e., without the customary rhythmic distortion at the end of the second phrase? I would be curious to know when and where and whether there were repercussions.

I have sung it correctly in public only once. It was never again repeated without the distortion. Earn a nickel: figure it out, and figure out why it is so difficult to do it correctly.