Conferences can be exhausting as an attendee. Dave Pitt is really putting us presenters to the task this week. After the morning events, it was a scramble for me to get back to my room, retrieve my handouts, get into a shirt and tie, get back for a quick lunch, then be ready for my 1:30 presentation.
I got to the cathedral early to tune instruments and run through my paces to get ready for tonight’s Festival Lessons and Carols. Mike Joncas remarked that 12-string guitarists have nothing on dulcimer players. I may need to concede my ear isn’t as good as it used to be, and get an electronic tuner. I’ve always believed that a musician should know how to tune her or his instrument by ear. At what point do I admit I’m growing older, and for the good of others, not to mention my own time, it’s time to speed up my prep time, especially with the hammer dulcimer?
My favorite piece to play was “Lord, To Whom Shall We Go,” from our presenter’s first album. Very simple, with the floating chords between E minor 9 and F# minor 7 on the refrain. I used the padded hammers on the low notes, then jumped up an octave to the verses. My favorite of the choral pieces was the Lord Have Mercy from the Ad Gentes Mass. Shades of Stephen Foster, according to the composer. I was thinking of Dvorak’s 9th, second movement.
Tomorrow is a long stretch of a day. I have four breakout sessions after Morning Prayer. Then tomorrow night is an organ recital. It will be good to let someone else play the music.
Some discussion on the MR3, of course. It is the topic of the conference, after all. But the scuttlebutt I’ve heard is that more “archaic language” is being returned to the translation. Also, according to the publishers, if the final version isn’t out by next month, we’re looking at Advent 2012 for implementation. Patience is wearing thin on the part of clergy and professionals. Some bishops will have a very tough sell to get some of their clergy to take this seriously. Lots of workshops and conferences are taking place this year to get things ready for parish implementation. A good number of “non-liturgy” priests will lose patience if implementation is put off.