A Moment in Time

 

I’m not a fan of the Disney Parks. I think they are contrived fantasy (yes, there is legitimate fantasy), overly expensive, and boring. But there are simple moments in life when you have the chance to see into a father-daughter relationship: adoration, pride and beauty, demonstrated in a few sweet moments. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do.

(The video does become still within a few moments.)

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  1. Stina Member
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    @CM

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

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  2. Vectorman Inactive
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    IIRC, there is an NFL player who sang Franz Shubert’s Ave Maria transposed for the Baritone range. He was really good! I think he was a kicker for an east coast team. (Patriots?) He looked like the guy above – but of course, beefy NFL players all look alike. ;-)

    For my daughter’s wedding, I didn’t want to tackle the original Tenor version, so I found another nice Baritone piece.

    Edit : found it – Justin Tucker of the Ravens:

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    IIRC, there is an NFL player who sang Franz Shubert’s Ava Maria transposed for the Baritone range. He was really good! I think he was a kicker for an east coast team. (Patriots?) He looked like the guy above – but of course, beefy NFL players all look alike. ;-)

    For my daughter’s wedding, I didn’t want to tackle the original Tenor version, so I found another nice Baritone piece.

    You sang at your daughter’s wedding?! Wow! Did you record it? Can you post it here?

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Stina (View Comment):

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

    Yep. Me too!

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  5. Vectorman Inactive
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    You sang at your daughter’s wedding?! Wow! Did you record it? Can you post it here?

    I don’t remember if there is any recording of the service. In any case, there was no microphone near me, as I strive for acoustic performances. My wife played the Piano.

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  6. Vectorman Inactive
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

    Yep. Me too!

    Well, I’ll order the undertaker for both of you. And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

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  7. Old Buckeye Inactive
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    @OldBuckeye

    If this guy isn’t a professional singer, he ought to be. That little girl’s beaming face is priceless.

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  8. Jim Chase Member
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    @JimChase

    Dang pollen.  Irritating my eyes something fierce.

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  9. PHCheese Inactive
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    My first thought at seeing Disney was the length some go to be entertained. For me nothing is better than a cool night looking at the stars and hearing the  symphony of crickets and tree frogs and enjoying a cool drink with my Sugar next to me.

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  10. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Susan.

    As the father of two daughters, that brought tears to my eyes.

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  11. KentForrester Coolidge
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    @KentForrester

    You don’t like Disneyland?  What are you, Susan, some kind of Communist?

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  12. Brian Watt Inactive
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    @BrianWatt

    Wonderful. Thanks.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    My first thought at seeing Disney was the length some go to be entertained. For me nothing is better than a cool night looking at the stars and hearing the symphony of crickets and tree frogs and enjoying a cool drink with my Sugar next to me.

    That’s perfect for me, too. Except with my Sugar, not yours!

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You don’t like Disneyland? What are you, Susan, some kind of Communist?

    I knew someone would say that–it couldn’t be a nicer guy!!!  ;-)

    I grew up with Disneyland and loved it. At one point they made you go through a souvenir shop every time you completed a ride. That was the end for me.

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Vectorman (View Comment):
    And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

    Actually I agree! I swoon over Carlos’ voice with il Divo. He’s their only baritone.

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  16. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I get the sense he’s sung that before…

    Very nice. Thanks, Susan.

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  17. Vectorman Inactive
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Vectorman (View Comment):
    And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

    Actually I agree! I swoon over Carlos’ voice with il Divo. He’s their only baritone.

    Baritones are smarter too – Tenors have special cavities in their brains to hit the high notes. But, as this cartoon from former Ricochet member Pencilvania shows, Tenors get special privileges:

     

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  18. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Vectorman (View Comment):

    IIRC, there is an NFL player who sang Franz Shubert’s Ave Maria transposed for the Baritone range. He was really good! I think he was a kicker for an east coast team. (Patriots?) He looked like the guy above – but of course, beefy NFL players all look alike. ;-)

    For my daughter’s wedding, I didn’t want to tackle the original Tenor version, so I found another nice Baritone piece.

    Edit : found it – Justin Tucker of the Ravens:

    You sang? At your daughter’s wedding? I’m impressed. I couldn’t even finish the father-of-the-bride toast at the reception without choking up! 

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  19. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

    Yep. Me too!

    Well, I’ll order the undertaker for both of you. And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

    Without conceding your point, I will point out that Tenors have to be smarter (at least in church choral anthem singing). The tenor is often is called upon to fill in an interior note of the chord, so the tenor line doesn’t always flow well and we have to jump some odd intervals. And we have to be able to read our part in both treble and bass clef, often jumping between them in an instant on a page turn.

    :-) 

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  20. Vectorman Inactive
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

    Yep. Me too!

    Well, I’ll order the undertaker for both of you. And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

    Without conceding your point, I will point out that Tenors have to be smarter (at least in church choral anthem singing). The tenor is often is called upon to fill in an interior note of the chord, so the tenor line doesn’t always flow well and we have to jump some odd intervals. And we have to be able to read our part in both treble and bass clef, often jumping between them in an instant on a page turn.

    You’re absolutely correct! In Church Choir, I sit right between the Tenors and Basses, and if not enough Tenors show up, I substitute. In addition, a totally different technique is used to reach the high notes.

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  21. Vectorman Inactive
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    You sang? At your daughter’s wedding? I’m impressed. I couldn’t even finish the father-of-the-bride toast at the reception without choking up! 

    I left the toasting to others in the party, otherwise I’d be really nervous!

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  22. MarciN Member
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    One of my favorite baritones:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_guRmf4ChQ

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  23. Full Size Tabby Member
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    I would like to see greater social encouragement of men singing so that more boys would take it up.

    The congregational response whenever we’ve put together a men’s group to sing at church has always been to want more. The church we currently attend has a men’s ensemble that sings with some frequency (we are to add to the worship service this Sunday), always to positive comments, even when our musical details aren’t perfect. 

    I’m not sure if still true, but when our daughter was in college (10 – 15 years ago) the most popular musical group on campus (and from what I heard, on several other college campuses) was the men’s a capella singing group. 

    I realize that the “breaking” of boys’ voices at age 13 or so creates a challenge for recruiting boys to singing at exactly the time that the school and social pressures call for boys to select their areas of focus. I appreciated the work that the choral music instructor at our son’s high school did to put together a boys’ choral group, and each year to put on a concert featuring men’s singing groups of different types from around the region to showcase that men singing is not “wimpy” or “girly.” 

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  24. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Vectorman (View Comment):
    Baritones are smarter too – Tenors have special cavities in their brains to hit the high notes.

    See my comment #19 above. We make efficient use of our brains. :-) 

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  25. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
    @ArizonaPatriot

    This is beautiful.  Thanks, Susan.

    It reminds me of the Hallelujah Chorus at the food court, here:

     

    On a serious note: Ave Maria is the most beautiful and emotional draw to Catholicism experienced by this particular Protestant.  I can enjoy it, but it’s not the same.

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  26. Jack Dunphy Contributor
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    @JackDunphy

    Beautiful.  Lucky dad, lucky daughter.

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  27. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    People who are good a singing should sing. Because things are good when people do things that they are good at.

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  28. Stina Member
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    @CM

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    I’d be staring at him in loving adoration, too.

    I die over male voices like that.

    Yep. Me too!

    Well, I’ll order the undertaker for both of you. And Baritones are sexier than Tenors.

    I do like the lower male voices, but tenor is nice too.

    I’m a bit skeptical of the falsetto, but am still impressed.

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    This is beautiful. Thanks, Susan.

    It reminds me of the Hallelujah Chorus at the food court, here:

     

    On a serious note: Ave Maria is the most beautiful and emotional draw to Catholicism experienced by this particular Protestant. I can enjoy it, but it’s not the same.

    I so absolutely adore choral music. So many voices weaving in and out of each other in perfect harmony, lending strength to each other.

    I have not sung in a choir in years (access), so one might see me as a soloist, but my heart is in the ensembles and choirs… that’s where all the wondrous sounds are.

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  29. PHenry Member
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    Susan Quinn: I’m not a fan of the Disney Parks. I think they are contrived fantasy (yes, there is legitimate fantasy), overly expensive and boring.

    To be fair, you are not the target audience! 

    My almost 3 granddaughter went last month.  She has not stopped talking about all the princesses she met, she spends most of her day dancing to Beauty and the Beast songs in her authentic Belle dress, and she thinks the storm troopers from the star wars parades are good guys. 

    I can’t wait to take her to Disney myself in a year or two.  I don’t care one bit about the attractions, she is the attraction! 

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  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    @fullsizetabby and @vectorman, I had no idea singing was so complicated! Good for you guys!

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