This morning there were about 30 people at Eucharist. Jen asked if we could do my Jazz Mass for my remaining Sundays. Despite the fact that I improvised on it for the prelude, the participation was weak.
The hymns were weak as well. When this is the case my inclination to to play a bit on the strong side so that if someone does sing they will feel supported.
Before we arrived, Eileen predicted a small turnout because of the reinstating of mandatory masking.
Both Eileen and I were too tired to go to a restaurant today after Eucharist. it’s been weird trying to keep pace with changing expectations of my last two weeks.
This morning I suggested to Jen that instead of ending with “This Little Light of Mine” as the closing hymn next week, we end with “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” another favorite. Originally she was planning to invite choir members to stand by the piano for the last hymn. But we have reserved the last four pews for people who would prefer to social distance. This would be defeated by singing choristers lined up directly behind them. So she was happy to change.
I think she is planning to talk to the choir this Wednesday when they meet for final tryouts for filling my position.
The humidity and the temperatures are high today. So coming home to a cool house with excellent food from our refrigerator seemed to be the way to go.
I continue to finish up reading the Divine Comedy. I’m reading three translations simultaneously so it can take some time. I’m on Canto 29 of Paradisio. There are 33 cantos so I’m getting closer.
This article came up on my Facebook feed this morning. It was piano teacher who shared it. Bookmarked to read later.
I can’t figure out if I’m a fan of Alcindor or if she just stands out as the rare competent person on the PBS New Hour. At any rate, I will probably read her memoir which she is working on.
I am receiving this NYT dude’s newsletter in my email. Bookmarked to read.
If I didn’t have a daughter living in the UK I don’t think I would know what National Trusts were. As it is I have been in a few. I haven’t spotted any racism yet, but apparently it is there in some of them.