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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

“Opus” Defined

“Opus” is defined as an “artistic work”. Here are some “not-as-artistic” terms that can potentially apply to our group during the course of a season…

  • A promising rehearsal has “hope-us”
  • Men’s sectional is a “bro-pus”
  • A missed or cancelled rehearsal is a “no-pus”