What inspires me to sing?

Dan is a business lawyer in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He and his wife Amy have three fairly large children.

DAN O.

What inspires me to sing?

February 16, 2011

1. Nobody claps when I practice law.
 
2. Making music – really BEAUTIFUL music – feels so much more creative than anything else I do. To add beauty to the world, rather than just scratching out a living, is very fulfilling.
3. I really like the people I sing with. There is a camaraderie that comes from trying to do your best for the person next to you; trying to get it right and not screw it up, enjoying it when your section produces a beautiful sound. I take the Brothers in Song thing seriously. Besides, they’re just nice people.
4. Why Medelssohn Club rather than another chorus? MCP is the highest quality chorus I have ever sung with. I have been doing this for a long time myself, but I have learned quite a bit about singing, and about music, from Alan Harler. He is somehow friendly and demanding at the same time. All told, I have the sense that MCP makes me a better singer. It demands it.
The music on this concert represent opposite extremes, musically, but both are wonderful:
 
Rollo Dilworth’s spirituals are one end. Musically challenging in their own way, but just plain fun to sing, at the same time. In terms of unleashing the sheer joy of singing, Rollo Dilworth is a master.  The Duruflé Requiem is such a blend of ancient and new. I really feel like I’m standing in a echo-y stone cathedral when I sing it. As we learn it, Maestro Harler is helping us make the connection back to the original Chant, which is wonderful.