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A new season…

“Where words leave off, music begins.” -Heinrich Heine

Opus 24 will reassemble this week to begin rehearsals for our May concert. It will be another of many “firsts” that will be experienced over the next year, not only for us, but for all of those who had a connection with Dr. Keith Smith. His passing in December was an unexpected and emotional loss for the many whose lives he touched with his many gifts and talents. Opus members are feeling that loss. The expressions of support, sympathy, and caring have been amazing. His wife, Janet, and their family will continue his legacy of embracing life to its fullest.

“You have changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to You and never stop. Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm 30:11-12

Keith will always be a presence with us. We look forward to honoring him with a future choral tribute that will highlight his love of music and life in a spirit of joy and praise.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sheryl Frye, President
Decatur Choral Society

Saying Goodbye

 

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Dr. Keith Smith.  Dr. Smith shared his talents of medicine, woodworking, and music with his community. A long-time member of Opus 24, Keith added a richness of spirit and voice on Tuesday nights that will be sorely missed.  As members of Opus, we can only hope to emulate Keith both in our choir and community.

It has been a privilege to make music alongside Dr.  Keith Smith. Our hearts go out to his family and all who knew him.

Earworms…

Another Opus season is drawing to a close. Many good memories and the occasional “earworm” linger. Can you relate? “Earworms”?!?!?

Earworms (from the German “ohrwurm”) are those songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind after it is no longer being sung or played. They’re also known as sticky music, stuck song syndrome, and the more scientific, Involuntary Musical Imagery. Statistically, 98% of us experience earworms, with men and women equally affected, but a tendency to last longer and become more distracting for women. (Seriously?!?!) Songs with lyrics account for about 74% of earworms whereas instrumental music approximately 8%. They are most common in people with an interest in music. Interestingly, earworms have been the plot line or theme of stories, novels, TV and cartoon episodes, and music.

I can only imagine that the majority of our concert attendees, supporters, and Opus members have experienced this phenomenon at one time or another.  Another likely connection, but an unlikely conversation starter. Perhaps we should promote a more pleasant term…

Many thanks to all who participate and support choral music in our community! Looking forward to the 2018-19 Opus season!

Sheryl Frye

President, Decatur Choral Society