Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)


What’s the topic this week on Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop? It’s creative outlets I enjoy.

My favorite outlet is music. I have been singing for my entire life. At first, I sang at church, then in the chorus of the community college I attended in Pennsylvania. After I graduated, I sang in  several community choruses in Pennsylvania and in Florida.

At present, I am a member of the Symphonic Chorale of SW FL. We self-produce two concerts a year plus two events to which we invite community singers to participate. Coming up in August is Summer Sing where we will rehearse and perform Rutter’s Requiem in the space of a single evening. Next spring, we are hosting Coro Rapsodia, a chorus from Uruguay, for our annual Sing Out. It’s a similar process to the Summer Sing, but lasts two days.

In addition, we sing two concerts a year with the SW FL Symphony Orchestra, a Holiday Pops performance and a classical Masterworks concert.

In fact, it was while sitting on stage waiting to begin a program of operatic choruses that the idea for the book I am working on now came to me. The working title is The Maestro and revolves around a fake engagement.

To read about other creative outlets, go here.


Venturing into E-Pub

Coming from a musical family, I have always sung in choruses and even done some musical theater. As a result, I have been privileged to meet some wonderful people and have some memorable experiencs. I put together I Guess I’ll Keep My Day Job: Memoirs of a Sometime Singer to capture those stories in essay form. They are available on Kindle for a nominal fee.

I Guess I'll Keep My Day Job
I Guess I’ll Keep My Day Job

Speaking in tongues

The Symphonic Chorale is rehearsing two works in German and a third in Latin. Now, I took Latin 1, 2, and 4 in high school. (Our school didn’t have enough students for a separate third and fourth year so we were all lumped together. But I digress.) Now I find out that the pronunciation I’ve used in singing for thirty years or so is German Latin. My current conductor lived in Rome and demands Italian Latin. Still, the switch from doh-nah to don-nah is manageable enough.

The German is another story. Tim recites the words and we singers parrot them back as best we can. Every time we do this , I am reminded of the scene in Lilies of the Field where Sidney Poitier tries to teach the nuns to speak English. Hilarious.