|Entry into Jersusalem - Orrente, c. 1620|
I have an electronic keyboard and when I knew that Susanne was awake, I turned it on and ran through some "problem" areas of the pieces we were to sing.
The choir loft was full today because the Alleluia choir, made up of older children, joined us -- actually, we joined them! -- in a "hosanna" song by local composer Robert Lau. They did a great job, with spirited singing in tune and with a catchy rhythm. A brass ensemble had played prelude music and the adult choir sang a sort of choral fanfare to open the festivities.
|The bulletin cover and palms.|
Later in the service, we adults sang two parts of Cherubini's Requiem in c minor, the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei. We were accompanied on the organ. I think we did pretty darn well. It's a fun piece to sing, the Requiem. Beautiful without killing the singers, if you know what I mean. People in the parking garage and men's room said the music was "great" and "magnificent."
|Palms stay for Holy Week.|
Susanne and I unloaded her treasures from the car, talked on the phone for a while with Sarah and Chloe, who called to wish us a happy fortieth anniversary, and then got ready for a special dinner at Olive Garden to celebrate. Forty years...I know...I should be made a saint. (Hey, this is my blog, so I get to write stuff like that!)
While I parked the car, Susanne went in to Olive Garden to reserve a table. There was no line, so she was seated immediately. I followed shortly after parking up against the Pier 1 next door.
It's hard to believe it is 40 years since we tied the knot. Susanne will kill me (for the insurance money) when I tell this awful joke one more time:
"Susanne and I were happy for 24 years. Then we met!"