We sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter at St. John. Well, we often sing the Hallelujah Chorus. on Easter at St. John. The Choir and anyone who wants to go up and join them sings. Last time we went up it was really crowded and it was hard to figure out where sections were and there wasn’t enough music. But on the plus side, there were a lot of people singing, and that’s what you want.
This year we didn’t go up to sing, and it looked like maybe we were not the only people who decided not to do so. But there were plenty of people around us who were singing or humming along quietly. Lauren wondered if we could use the new screens to have everyone who knew it sing without going up to the balcony.
What’s that? You haven’t seen the new screens? Well, by all means, take a look:
We don’t use them that often, and we wanted something that would be unobtrusive when they were not in use. But no, it wasn’t cheap to put them in.
Lauren wanted something that you could follow along with easily, and my first idea was something like this:
The guy who does these has done many over the years, and you can download the software to do them as well. My favorite, probably because it was the first one I saw, is:
Anyway, I was thinking of a much cleaner version of the Hallelujah Chorus one where you only had the 4 choral parts, and put the words in with it. But that seemed like a lot of work. Instead, I did put together a little proof of concept. This may not work in your browser, or it might work in your browser, but not work on your screen size. I formatted it to 1920×1080 screens. And I know the timing is probably off, and the animation will probably stutter.
It’s just a proof of concept. Layoff, will you?
1989 St. Paul’s Graduation
So, last Christmas I took a bunch (about 100) VHS tapes from my mom & dad’s house and have been slowly transferring them to Lauren’s computer. Once I get an event transferred I try to edit it down to something a little less time consuming to watch.
My dad was great about video taping things, but he didn’t want to miss anything. So we have about 2 hours of footage from my cousin Steve’s graduation. The taping starts about 20 minutes before graduation and ends about 20 minutes after graduation. Here are the highlights.
Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of all the ‘popping’ that will occur tonight, let me leave you with a little video that you’ve already seen – this time, with sound!
Happy Birthday, America!
Ninja-kickin’ cowboy skilz!
For some reason I got a wild hair to look through the VHS tapes that are just sitting in a milk crate in my basement. We have a collection of movies we’ll never watch, TV shows that were taped to watch later (remember those days?) and various memory tapes. It’s not a huge collection, but since Lloyd has the VHS-to-YouTube equipment here, I did a little messing around.
Here’s the one I love the most. For those of you that didn’t go to Concordia, let me explain Spring Weekend. It happens the weekend before Dead Week. Students would get into teams and do all kinds of crazy stuff – egg drop, bed races (racing a bed on wheels down the street), volleyball games, obstacle courses, and the only thing I participated in with my team: the lip sync. Our team had a systematic approach all five years – Pick a song with a good story. Lauren narrates it, everyone else does some wonderfully clever acting. (Until the last year. We did not do well the last year.)
I believe this is 1991. Brad and Lloyd were supposed to document everything, so Lloyd is doing the camera work and at the very end you’ll get to see Brad being the host. I have been collecting snippets from this Spring Weekend, so you might be subjected to more later on, but today I give you….. The Coward of the County. Myrna is playing Tommy, and watch out for when she gets revenge!!
*sigh* We were all so young….
My favorite feature of my new iPhone is the slow motion camera. But I’m not very good at using it. I try slow motioning things all the time, but they never turn out quite like what I expect. Until now.
Last week was Macy’s birthday, and I was ready. I was ready mostly because the week before, for Bethany’s birthday, I was not ready. So thanks Macy and Bethany for this footage.
Sorry about the sudden cut-off at the end. It turns out that iMovie on the iPhone is iSmall and iHard for my old iEyes to read. Also, I may not have had my iGlasses on.