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Elfmama

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14430 on: January 20, 2014, 08:23:37 PM »
I have heard the dirge version of Go Tell It On The Mountain. Your choir director must have a friend in Maryland. It is indeed awful.

Re: the reading: once I accidentally gave a family member a book that she had already read (knew she liked the author, took a guess). We chatted a bit about how she enjoyed it, but no longer had her copy so I said "Oh, good, well I guess you can read it again now!" To which she replied: "Why would I do that?" She wasn't being snarky, and she didn't mean "This book isn't worth a second read" either. She meant, wholeheartedly, "Who would read a book they had already read ? Ever?"

I....um....okay. I just mentally moved her from the "Big Reader" to "Reads" category and went on my merry way.
DH is like that.  He says "I already know what happens, so why bother?"  I reread to enjoy the craftsmanship that went into writing.  And on the reread, I ALWAYS notice lots of wonderful things that my eyes slid over the first time in my hurry to find out what happens.  Books I really, REALLY like may get reread immediately, even.
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Elfmama

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14431 on: January 20, 2014, 08:26:59 PM »
Leaky laundry detergent containers.  A couple weeks ago DH was doing the shopping and I asked him to get laundry detergent. He came home with the huge ones with the spigot on the side and a cup covering the spigot. I HATE those kinds because they're messy and are always leaky! I store them on the shelf so the spigot at least can't drip on the floor but man I'd much rather have a bottle that just pours into the lid!
I like the ones with the spigot.  They're so huge that it's difficult to pour from them, so they go on a shelf right above the washing machine.  Once the clothes are loaded in the machine, all you have to do is blurp the spigot and close the lid.  Hm, I guess you can't do that with a front-loader, can you?
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14432 on: January 20, 2014, 08:30:21 PM »
The woman who volunteers to direct my church choir is a firm believer that slower music is more meaningful, therefore every single song must be sung slowly. It doesn't matter what the meter says: 120, 100, 75 beats per minute, she won't go any faster than 60 beats per minute. From my perspective, it makes every song sound like a dirge. The other choir members point out the meter, have even brought metronomes, but no dice, we sing slowly. Sometimes the congregation starts to speed up naturally and she gets really irritated and starts dramatically conducting to slow us all down again. Since I'm often the soloist, and have a distinctive look, strangers will walk up to me outside of church to talk about our music and often ask why we sing so slowly.

Seriously, try singing "Go Tell It On The Mountain" at half speed and get back to me.

That woman seriously needs a "come to diety" meeting with SOMEONE

As someone who's gone through training to get a church music degree, mbbored's church music director really gets on my nerves. Yes, I have certain opinions on how certain types of church music should go. However, they're based on performance practice and the original ideas for the marriage of tune and text. If it's an anthem, I go off what's on the pages. The only meaningfulness I would get out of singing, say, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" at 60 BPM is how meaningfully I would like to climb the walls from having to sing that slow.

It's also disrespectful, IMO, to the composer to drastically alter the piece that way. They picked that tempo so that the singers wouldn't wheeze and the text would be carried properly. POD to PastryGoddess




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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14433 on: January 20, 2014, 08:44:07 PM »
Leaky laundry detergent containers.  A couple weeks ago DH was doing the shopping and I asked him to get laundry detergent. He came home with the huge ones with the spigot on the side and a cup covering the spigot. I HATE those kinds because they're messy and are always leaky! I store them on the shelf so the spigot at least can't drip on the floor but man I'd much rather have a bottle that just pours into the lid!

I switched to the little packs (All Free & Clear)



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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14434 on: January 20, 2014, 10:07:27 PM »
Leaky laundry detergent containers.  A couple weeks ago DH was doing the shopping and I asked him to get laundry detergent. He came home with the huge ones with the spigot on the side and a cup covering the spigot. I HATE those kinds because they're messy and are always leaky! I store them on the shelf so the spigot at least can't drip on the floor but man I'd much rather have a bottle that just pours into the lid!

I switched to the little packs (All Free & Clear)

That's what we use! That detergent, especially in pod form, is great.  :D
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14435 on: January 20, 2014, 11:14:15 PM »
The woman who volunteers to direct my church choir is a firm believer that slower music is more meaningful, therefore every single song must be sung slowly. It doesn't matter what the meter says: 120, 100, 75 beats per minute, she won't go any faster than 60 beats per minute. From my perspective, it makes every song sound like a dirge. The other choir members point out the meter, have even brought metronomes, but no dice, we sing slowly. Sometimes the congregation starts to speed up naturally and she gets really irritated and starts dramatically conducting to slow us all down again. Since I'm often the soloist, and have a distinctive look, strangers will walk up to me outside of church to talk about our music and often ask why we sing so slowly.

Seriously, try singing "Go Tell It On The Mountain" at half speed and get back to me.

That woman seriously needs a "come to diety" meeting with SOMEONE

As someone who's gone through training to get a church music degree, mbbored's church music director really gets on my nerves. Yes, I have certain opinions on how certain types of church music should go. However, they're based on performance practice and the original ideas for the marriage of tune and text. If it's an anthem, I go off what's on the pages. The only meaningfulness I would get out of singing, say, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" at 60 BPM is how meaningfully I would like to climb the walls from having to sing that slow.

It's also disrespectful, IMO, to the composer to drastically alter the piece that way. They picked that tempo so that the singers wouldn't wheeze and the text would be carried properly. POD to PastryGoddess

Yes! This is a huge part of my irritation! It's partly her arrogance that she, a woman with no formal music training, knows better than the composer and sometimes centuries of musical tradition how music should be performed.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14436 on: January 21, 2014, 06:29:01 AM »
On the re-reading of books, there's books I've had to re-read years later to make new connextions and understand them better.
Some Discworld books by Pratchett are even more enjoyable once you have some Shakespear under your belt.
Reading Animal Farm at 11 without having covered much in world history just make it a book about animals that can think.
And so on.
There's a few I've read a good dozen times, I still can't finish Flower for Algernon (by Daniel Keyes) on public transports, I still tear up.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14437 on: January 21, 2014, 06:34:27 AM »
It's also disrespectful, IMO, to the composer to drastically alter the piece that way. They picked that tempo so that the singers wouldn't wheeze and the text would be carried properly. POD to PastryGoddess

Yes, all of the above. But then there's the other end of the spectrum - people who want to speed up music. I'm currently waiting to see if the director of our upcoming handbell festival is going to realize that the name of the piece is "The Washington Post March". John Phillips Sousa wrote marches, not runs. I hate it when people think that by automatically speeding something up, you make it exciting! Dramatic! Full of energy!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14438 on: January 21, 2014, 10:11:44 AM »
It's also disrespectful, IMO, to the composer to drastically alter the piece that way. They picked that tempo so that the singers wouldn't wheeze and the text would be carried properly. POD to PastryGoddess

Yes, all of the above. But then there's the other end of the spectrum - people who want to speed up music. I'm currently waiting to see if the director of our upcoming handbell festival is going to realize that the name of the piece is "The Washington Post March". John Phillips Sousa wrote marches, not runs. I hate it when people think that by automatically speeding something up, you make it exciting! Dramatic! Full of energy!

This is also true. I believe that there is room for artistic freedom in performances, but there's freedom and then going outside the bounds of good sense.




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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14439 on: January 21, 2014, 01:42:17 PM »
I still suffer from Post Traumatic Sousa Disorder. 

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« Reply #14440 on: January 21, 2014, 02:51:39 PM »
I always think of Prof. Harold Hill (Music Man) when I hear the name Sousa since he mentions him in the lead up to 76 Trombones.

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« Reply #14441 on: January 23, 2014, 08:19:59 AM »
I was reminded of something that drives me up the wall.  First off, I have mild ADD.  I've learned to deal with it and don't take medication cause I just don't feel I really need it and have had bad experiences with it in the past.  But I can easily lose my train of thought, so being interrupted makes me really annoyed.

In the "Workplace personalities" I read of someone who claimed discrimination at every turn and it reminded me of someone I knew in college who would jokingly interject "racist!" anytime someone used the word "Black" even if they were describing a pair of pants or how they took their coffee.  While I knew the guy was joking it still drove me up the wall when he'd do this to me.  I'd be talking about something and use the word "black" and he'd interject "racist!" and while it was just a one word interjection it could derail my whole train of thought while he sat there smugly thinking he was so funny.  ::)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14442 on: January 23, 2014, 08:37:16 AM »
Toilets.   Specifically toilets that are so tall my feet don't touch the ground,  even in heels.   I feel like a little kid. I'm a bit on the short side,  but  not exceptionally so  (5'4", that's fairly average height for a woman IMO).
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« Reply #14443 on: January 23, 2014, 10:22:24 AM »
I still suffer from Post Traumatic Sousa Disorder.

I suffer from that as well but, mine is of a slightly different sort.

One 4th of July, we were driving to Chicago for the weekend with SIL.  To get us into the 'spirit' of the holiday, she played marches in the car.  Nothing but marches for four solid hours!  :o

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14444 on: January 23, 2014, 10:44:04 AM »
Toilets.   Specifically toilets that are so tall my feet don't touch the ground,  even in heels.   I feel like a little kid. I'm a bit on the short side,  but  not exceptionally so  (5'4", that's fairly average height for a woman IMO).

I've had to replace both toilets in my house in the last year and the newer models are taller than my 40-year-old original models. I feel like a little kid when my toes barely touch the ground.