Make Sure You Know the Words Before You Sing in Public

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 15th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This author looks back on a sweet memory when she was a youngster in a youth choir. To this day it makes her laugh.

Singing Career--Not Hardly

I enjoy singing. It's for certain I won't be getting a Grammy for it. Singing brings a spirit of joy to my soul. I love harmonizing my alto voice with the soprano, tenor and bass ranges.

When I was a teenager, I sang in the school choir. Admittedly, that was a way to earn credit towards graduation. I also sang in the youth choir at church. That led to singing with a Gospel group of six other females created by one of my sisters. These choral ventures led to many singing engagements throughout the city.

Our Big Public Debut

One day our church choir was asked to sing at a banquet for a youth organization. The Director and her husband would often come to visit our church. She knew of our vocal talent.

Choir Director

Mrs. Howell, our choir director would lead us in our weekly rehearsals. Because we were a relatively new church we didn't have a steady piano player. We learned to sing a capella or without music. When learning a new song Mrs. Howell would play the notes on a small pitch pipe. After everyone hummed their notes, the singing would begin.

Performance Night

In preparation for this event Mrs. Howell for some reason was adamant that we sing this one particular song. None of the choir members felt comfortable with it. We couldn't seem to memorize the words. We begged her to let us try another one. But that was not to be. It seemed the more we pleaded the more she insisted that we could do it. Was this supposed to be a confidence booster?

The night of the performance arrived. We had eaten a good meal. The Director gave us a wonderful introduction. There was no need for nervousness because we didn't suffer from stage fright.

And Then It Happened!

When we got to that second dreaded verse, we all seemed to draw a big blank. It was like our mouths were moving but no words were coming out. As teenagers will sometimes do in awkward situations, one person started giggling. It had a contagious effect. Before I knew it, we were all laughing hilariously. It was one of those gut-wrenching kinds of laughter.

The look on my father's face said it all. We were in big trouble. Mrs. Howell had a look of embarrassment on her face. I felt so sorry for her. The Director was left speechless by our childish antics.

A Touch Lashing and No More Invitations to that Event

There wasn't much talking as we left that evening. We were given a good tongue-lashing rebuke from my father. Mrs. Howell, to her credit was soft in her chastisement. It should come as no surprise that we were never asked to sing at that event again.

The moral of the story-always know the words of the song before you sing it in public.


Credit: Pictures by Wikimedia Commons

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A Capella, Church Choir, Dont Forget The Lyrics, Forgetting The Words To A Song, Grammy, Singing At Church, Singing In Public

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Sep 2014 (#)

good on you girl!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Lee, great writing as always. I'm pretty sure this has happened many times to many different children. I can here you laughing now.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks cnwriter..carolina Appreciate you.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Nancy you are right. It makes me go into pearls of laughter. Thanks.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Great story, but you may want to go back and edit your last subtitle to tongue instead of touch. Gotta love auto correct! !

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Oops Phyl. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Although with that tongue lashing from Dad I would have preferred a switch to my bottom instead:).

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Sep 2014 (#)

LOL

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2014 (#)

There's a well-known British opera singer who once said that if she ever forgets her lines she substitutes the words "Kiss my ass, I come from Leeds" - which she says seems to fit most eventualities.

I'm not suggesting that that particular line would have been appropriate for your choir, but having something to cover an embarrassing pause is clearly a good idea!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks John Lol. I wish we used that strategy of having a back up plan then.

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author avatar Mariah
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Well you know what they say Lee, if we don't laugh at times, we'll cry..better the laughter any day
Fun post, thanks for sharing

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Mariah. As I am responding to these comments laughter is about to overtake me. I will take laughter over tears any day.

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Ha ha ha, real funny story. I just imagine, what is that seen when all this happened.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks muddu98 the scene was definitely a serious one and one of shock and embarrassment for us all.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Ha ha, not even going to touch this one. I had a karaoke nightmare, and that was once too many times.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Sherri I can only imagine!!

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author avatar Retired
17th Sep 2014 (#)

If it's any consolation, even professional singers sometimes forget the words. I've often thought that's why Frank Sinatra sang his famous line, "Scooby, dooby doo." :)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Dorothy. Now I don't feel so bad:). And yes maybe that's why he used that phrase. It makes sense to me.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Oh, Lee, another of your human interest pieces taken from your own experience. I laughed and cringed at the same time. It's happened to me way too many times!

Enjoy your vacation!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. I took your advice and had a great vacation.I can't help but laugh every time I think back on this story. Nice to know you have experienced this too:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Beautiful as the life twinkle in your eyes...fantastic share...thanks Lee...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

D thanks so much. Your comments are always poetically uplifting.

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author avatar kant123
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Lee Hansen, Nice story..Thanks for sharing..

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you kant123

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