Monday, March 12, 2012

SPRING TOUR Stop 2: Los Angeles

After spending the night in wonderful homestays in San Diego (after the concert our host family took us immediately to In N Out Burger, on which this post will elaborate...), we drove right back to LA for our second concert. Jacob Metrick '13 writes about some things that particularly stood out. 

Three facts:

1. The Glee Club is freakin’ good at singing. Well, at least according to the completely unbiased cousins (and parent) of mine, we’ve never sounded better.

We started out with two of my personal favorite pieces: Sanctus from Martin’s requiem, and four movements (I, II, V, and VI) from Howells’ requiem. The Sanctus is extremely powerful in its emotional range: it has sections like the end which seem to evoke more passion and fire than any other piece, which is contrasted by the intensity of the quieter sections. I could talk all day about Howells requiem, but the best thing I could say is that the piece is downright beautiful. Every moment of it is meaningful and touching.

Later in the concert, our rendition of Past Life Melodies in particular seemed to capture the audiences’ attention. It is supposed to evoke Tibetan chant, Australian Aboriginie songs and Mongolian throat singing, all wrapped up into one truly unique experience. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never heard anything like that.

One final note: singing those old-school Yale songs is hella fun and tradition-y.

Four In N Out Burger Double-Doubles pictured in
"Protein Style" 
2. In LA, In N Out Burger is king. In fact, it may be king of other places too. You can’t beat the value of a Double-Double for $2.79, and the patties are never frozen. That’s why they aren’t found outside the West Coast; every In N Out location must be within one day’s drive of its only distribution center in Baldwin Park, CA. Gotta love the nostalgic red-palm d├ęcor and paper hats. I won’t go so far as to say it’s the best burger.

3. LA is filled with beautiful. I’ve already mentioned the beautiful singing and beautiful burgers. But there are also beautiful views, which we got to see on our drive back from San Diego today, as we skirted the coast north, seeing the ocean as we overtook hill after hill. Of course, the weather we had was beautiful. I heard that the weather broke record highs, with temperatures around 80 degrees. If you live in almost anywhere else, I probably just made you jealous. Sorry I’m not sorry.

The organ at the First Congregational
Church of Los Angeles
Not least of all was the beautiful church we got to sing in today. It may have been a little serpentine in its layout (at times, it seems like I ended up everywhere except where I wanted to be), but man was this place nice. There were beautiful stained glass windows all over the place. It was made totally of stone, which doesn’t mean much until you consider the moody lighting in there (they got it pretty dark) which kinda made it feel like we were singing in the middle ages, or in some movie. What about the organ, you ask? That was movie like too, but I’ll let the picture speak for itself.