A rare moment of gasconade

9 October, 2009
Rat Fink

I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence. :-)

Those who know me as a choral director also know that I do not like to brag about my students’ musical achievement, prowess, what have you. In other words, I’m not too generous with the compliments.

Recently, I had a request from a former student to locate a recording of the choir from 2-3 years ago, so I found one. On a kick (because I *never* listen to my own ensembles’ recordings — I hate not being able to fix stuff), I put the disc into the Ranger’s CD player on the way home last night. I must say, I was not offended. The music was actually pretty good in places.

One particular song really impressed me stylistically, tonally — every way. So I thought that today I might let you have a listen, if you like. You don’t have to. Really. But you can if you want.

I’m particularly proud of these two juniors and two seniors from 2006 (one of them is RtB fiend Mathew, singing first tenor). I hope you enjoy this from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

[gplayer href=”https://www.finkweb.org/audio/mocs.mp3″]Platinum – Man of Constant Sorrow[/gplayer]

And because I can’t leave you without featuring Mr. Mathew on a sweet solo from when he was an 11th grader…

[gplayer href=”https://www.finkweb.org/audio/gns.mp3″]Platinum – Good Night, Sweetheart[/gplayer]
Have a great Finkday!

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Stoney
Stoney
9 October, 2009 7:47 am

Ahhh, good memories. Beautiful.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Yep…you were there for it all, too. :-)

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Clayt
Clayt
9 October, 2009 11:41 am

Wonderful! We need to reunite! ha

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Rat Fink Reply:

Clayton! You sounded so good…I’d go for reunion any day!

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Artillius Merchclod
Artillius Merchclod
9 October, 2009 2:42 pm

That might be my favorite version of “Man of constant sorrow”. Its really great.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Thanks, AM — it’s my fave, too.

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Ross
Ross
9 October, 2009 3:54 pm

Thanks for posting those clips, that was fantastic! Great Friday move, wonderful listening.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Thanks, Ross — they are great guys. Fun to work with.

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BoomR
BoomR
9 October, 2009 6:58 pm

I’m entertaining all the folks at Gate 4 in the San Jose International Airport with your selections. Sounds GREAT!!! And is that you tickling the ivory or plastic?? BTW, belated well-wishes to the White Gloved One & glad that he had a great 1st day at class. This week has been crazy full for me, so just now getting caught up on my RtB fix!! Have a super weekend, kids!! **SMEWCH** BoomR ReplyRat Fink Reply:October 9th, 2009 at 8:55 pmHow cool, BoomR! Thanks! Yep, that was me hacking away at the keys. I’m glad you get to go home for… Read more »