No this has nothing to do with music but does have something to do with our website!
Spare a moment of thought for your poor MD who is also web designer, builder, admin, etc. and has to maintain the website to make your rehearsal life easier. He maintains the 'music practice' page with the up to date music schedule and rehearsal pieces.
For those in the know, the dark art of HTML and CSS can be very unforgiving on times, especially when you need to present some information on a website in a table format. Our practice music page has a few tables detailing the music and links to rehearsal tracks etc. Creating the tables in a drag and drop web designer app link Weebly is sort of do-able, but it is not easy and can be very convoluted and complex, so from time to time you simply have to roll your sleeves up and write some HTML / CSS code!
That is all well and good until you realise there is a problem and then spend days trying to find it and fix it. It can be frustrating because as any good coder knows you don't write new code each time you simply copy and adapt!
So, one table should be the same as another right? Well obviously something went wrong with one of the tables because the table appeared in the wrong location on the website.
Web admin got so frustrated he simply rebuilt the page the 'practice' page to try and find the problem, and finally established the problem was in the hand written code associated with one of the tables.
The problem was simply a missing slash '/' from the last line of the code. Doh!
So if you were ever wondering what your MD 'slash' Web admin does with his time.....
Well this cartoon made our MD laugh!
I suppose there is some truth in the rumour that the MD (musical director) of a choir has to wear many hats. In fact there is talk about our MD wearing his briefs on the outside of his pants and having a cape too, but not sure how these rumours start.
There is a saying too that the podium is a lonely place and looking at the list of hats the MD wears from time to time I'm not surprised.
So if you want a giggle - just ask what role a singer takes in a choir. Then give a thought for the MD and see if you agree with all these roles listed in this cartoon below.
PS they've missed one hat - web administrator!
The (new) Incognito Singers will be one year old on Wednesday 10th February 2016.
To celebrate we are having a birthday cake at our Wednesday rehearsal. That should be fun - singing with a mouth full of cake!
To further the celebrations we are having a buffet lunch on Saturday 13th February, 2:00pm at Restaurante Maria del Saliente, AL-7100 (km12/km13).
Buffet lunch is €10 per person, drinks separate, however there will be a glass of cava to celebrate.
Choir members may bring family and friends. Please inform David if you will be attending and the number of guests you will be bringing, no later than Wednesday 10th February.
Here's to a Happy Birthday for The Incognito Singers
The summer school sessions are aimed at non-music readers with some previous singing experience. However music readers and experienced singer will still find the events enjoyable.
The proposed events will be held in the El Santuario de Saliente Alto from 10:00 until 14:00 with a break for tea or coffee, then followed by a 'menu del dia' lunch.
The events are open to members of the Incognito Singers and non-members.
The estimated cost of the each event is 15€ (for members of the Incognito Singers) and 20€ (for non-members), which includes lunch (at 12.50€) plus tea/coffee and tuition.
You will need to bring with you a pencil and some paper.
For more information or show your interest please post a comment below.
Here are some of the unwritten rules of music to observe at rehearsals.
And if that didn't whet your appetite, here are a few classic jokes about musicians and singers.
Q - How many Sopranos does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A - One, but all she has to do is stand on a chair, hold the bulb and expects the world to revolve around her!
Q - How many Altos does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A - Two, one to screw it in and the other to say "Isn't that a little high for you?"
Q - How many Tenors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A - Four, one to change it while the other three moan that they could have got that high too!
Q - How many Basses does it take to change a lightbulb?
A - None, they can't get that high!
And finally just in case you thought the Conductor had got away with it:
Q - How long does it take for the conductor to change a lightbulb?
A - No one knows, as they weren't watching!