This is a not very good photograph of some of the detail of our lovely west window at St. M's.
The backdrop to our choir rehearsals on Friday evenings, in the lighter evenings when the sun is shining through into the gallery where we rehearse this is a really wonderful sight.
After our break (no choir throughout August), there is a tendency for our vocal chords to sound in need of oiling when we recommence for the Autumn, and tonight was no exception.
Only the childrens' voices sound much the same as before the break. The rest of us need 'tuning'.
As probably the oldest member of the choir, I have at least the excuse of anno domini to explain some of the odder sounds I make. The rest have no such excuse.
Since we all, without exception use our vocal chords each and every day, (some of us to excess), it is strange that singing makes quite different demands on the vocal equipment.
When I was taught to sing - back in the dark ages - it was made abundantly clear that breathing was the all-important factor in good voice production, but since we all breath, all the time, that would appear to be a
misrepresentation of the truth.
We breath and we speak, therefore we can all sing, yes? No!
I am Welsh and it is often said (inaccurately), that all Welsh people can sing. I would amend that statement to read "all Welsh people do sing". Some of them quite horribly.
There are times when even I with all my delusions cannot fail to notice a decline in the quality of the sound I make as compared with those of 30 years ago, yet no-one has ever given a satisfactory explanation for the decreasing quality of even the most beautiful of voices.
And why is it that some old people acquire what I call 'budgerigar' voices, which are totally unlike the robust clear tones of younger people?
After considerable thought I have decided it is due to rust, and since rust when found on metal can often be cured by oiling, the logical conclusion is that a weekly throat-spray with WD40 or similar should effect a cure.
If someone out there has a severe case of rust and would like to try my cure I would be happy to publish the result.