It's odd that it's December 14th, and barely a skiff of snow on the ground here in the North Okanagan. However, the weatherman has promised that will be changing, just no firm time-line on when.
So, Some Other Time has completed another Christmas singing season, rather early this year, which is fine for their wives, who patiently tolerate being Barbershop widows. Our final scheduled engagement for the year will be at our little private quartet Christmas party, where we celebrate with our wives another wonderful year gone by and the promise of a wonderful new year to come.
We have also decided to do our part to fill in some of the wintry quiet by taking our acapella tunes to some of the local area senior's facilities in the new year, a time of year that usually doesn't get a lot of singing time (maybe because most groups are worn out from Christmas performances?) We, however, are just getting warmed up!
If you chance to hear us soon, be listening for some of our new favorites, like I'm My Own Grandpa and If My Nose Was Runnin' Money. If you're up for some frank honesty (or at least tongue-in-cheek humour), then you may also appreciate The Truth About Men. We're also adding some spiritual content to our repertoire, like I'm Feelin' Fine and When I Lift Up My Head. We've got lots of good music to bring to you in the new year, so be on the lookout for us. We'll try to keep our website updated, but you never know when we may just turn up... Some Other Time
It's the week before Christmas, and all through the house... Some Other TIme has enjoyed entertaining crowds with Christmas cheer, and is looking forward to a short break before getting back at it (see our home page for ways you can help to make our hiatus short!) Our non-Christmas repertoire has languished a little during this last season, and we're looking forward to practicing those songs again, as well as adding a few new ones to the list.
All of us wish all of you a wonderfully close time with family and friends.
The temperatures are dropping, and so are we... into a number of different venues this season. We're pleased to be invited to be a part of the Downtown Vernon Business Association's Light Up For Christmas event, as well as the Vernon Rotary's Carol Festival and the O'Keefe Ranch's Victorian Christmas. This will be the busiest winter season yet our quartet has experienced, and we're excited!
We've been practicing our list of Christmas tunes now for what feels like a very long time (although I know it's only been a couple of months) and we're eager to start performing these tunes, for your listening pleasure! Dan has even (finally) gotten past the shudders he was getting when singing Christmas carols in the fall. Maybe the colder temperatures have made it a little more "Christmassy".
Stay tuned to our main page, where we'll be keeping our singing schedule posted, as opportunities arise. Also, be sure to check out the web pages for the Carol Festival (http://www.vernoncarolfestival.com) and O'Keefe Ranch (http://www.okeeferanch.ca) for more details on tickets. The Licht Up For Christmas event is free to attend.
Yes, I know that it isn't even Hallowe'en yet, and it's way Way too early to be hearing songs of a certain style in the stores, but, when you are an entertainer, you need to prepare. The best things don't happen "at the drop of a hat" without a lot of preparation.
So, in order for us to be able to being you the best Christmas tunes, we have to start practicing. Three months before Christmas. Just one of the many things we do to please our fans.
Another thing we do in our efforts to please the crowds is to ask you what you want to hear. We'll be putting the question out on our pages here, as well as on our Facebook page: What is your favorite Christmas song, and would you like us to perform it?
It may already be one we're practicing, but if it isn't, then hearing from you may be just what we need to add it to our list!
Things are a little quiet at the moment. Dan is working on some yard renovations, Paul is tearing out his deck (hopefully not his hair) and building a new one in its place. Oh, and we're continuing to keep our repertoire polished and adding new music as time goes on.
We've recently added a couple of songs to our "ready to perform" list, and are all geared up to sing 'em when we go cruising on Lake Okanagan July 18th. In the meanwhile, we're looking ahead to putting together "song packages" that fit well together, not medleys so much as songs that "just fit" when sung back-to-back. We also haven't forgotten Christmas (well, it _is_ only 6 months away), and we're wanting to have songs ready and polished once that season falls upon us.
The life of the "Chorus of the soon-to-be Lake Country Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society" (whew) continues as well, as we actively continue the process of picking a name (the CLCCBHS just doesn't cut it), and we're already planning for our "coming out party", which could happen as early as November. Stay tuned here for details of that.
♪ So this is Christmas, and what have you done... ♪
The ghosts of Christmas (recently) past are receding, and the spectre of a new Year is looming. Will this next year be filled with joy and wonder? We are eager to get our name out there, but more importantly, get our songs out there to receptive ears. There are few things more enjoyable than finding another crowd to please, and we'll be doing that in the new year, so if you can think of anyone who enjoys acapella singing (or, better yet, someone who doesn't know if they do), please tell them about us. We'll keep our web site and Facebook Fan Pages (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Some-Other-Time-Quartet/238074089026) updated with our itinerary, so you can have every opportunity to catch us Live :-D
Until then, remember that the Secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmastime, but the Christmas things you do all year through.