URGENT Note About the Carry On Solo

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to explain the situation with the Carry On solo. It is impossible to say things well in 140 characters on Remind.

Anyway, time is running shorter than you think, and deciding who is singing the solo is very high on the priorities list.

At present, there are 6 singers who have expressed an interest in the solo. (And this is a VERY GOOD thing as I’d love to see lots of our singers have a chance in the spotlight!) Wisdom dictates, however, that rather than merely assigning it to someone, I should hear each of the six sing it. (While it would provide a nice experience for any of the six to do it, our primary consideration is to make a strong presentation to the audience—so we really need to be sure that the singer is well-matched to the song in this case, as not every singer is right for every song, and vice versa. The solo needs a warm and soulful sound, and I’ve had no occasion yet to hear any of our group singing in this style. So, the only way to do that is to audition the singers.

Given that, I’ve been putting out the call to have singers come audition for me this weekend, and so far, I have zero takers. This puts me in a very difficult spot. I understand that scheduling is difficult for everybody most of the time. And I also understand that some of those interested are indeed battling their own nerves to do it—and I applaud that sincerely, as I have seen LOTS of singers (who couldn’t bring themselves to fight that fight) languish for years, not fulfilling their own musical dreams. But we can’t put this off any longer.

I have a couple that I have a hunch could pull it off pretty well–but I don’t know for sure until I hear them. And I have four more that I just don’t know what to expect one way or the other—and I would LOVE to discover that they can knock it out of the park. But again, I just won’t know for sure until I hear them.

So here’s what I’m going to do. Until Noon today, I will be accepting communications aimed at making appointments, either today or tomorrow. (Sorry, but I can’t wait until Monday or Tuesday to settle it.) If I haven’t heard from you by Noon, I’ll assume that you have lost interest, or are simply unable to make it happen. (But still, it would be an awfully good gesture to write me and TELL me that, rather than leaving me in the dark.)

So, to be super clear, I’ll decide how to proceed— based on auditions that get scheduled before Noon today, and that happen before the end of the day TOMORROW (SUNDAY). I hope this doesn’t have the effect of discouraging anybody, but rather, of spurring you on to action.

An audition would go like this: You’d come to the Great Room and we’d put the accompaniment on the PA, and had you a microphone. Then you sing and we see how it goes, and if it needs to be worked any, we could try that and see if it goes well. And we could do that in, say 10 or 15 minutes, likely. And I’d make notes about how it went, so that I can remember. And then I’ll decide after I’ve heard all the auditions by the end of the day on Sunday.

I’m flexible both days, and could pretty much arrange to hear an audition at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., on Saturday or Sunday.

To schedule an appointment for today or tomorrow, please reach me by noon today in one of these ways:
jackpelham@wemontana.org
text: 406-696-4435
cell: 406-696-4435