David Short's blog
The men of Southern Gateway listen to Steve Tramack as he takes us to school and teaches us about the power of connecting the music with the story we want to tell. We come together every Tuesday as amateur musiciancs and recieve some of the best coaching available to create a world class experience for our audience.
You never know what you will get to see at our rehearsal! JJ Hawkins stopped by and got the chance to direct "The Irish Blessing" that we sing at the end of every rehearsal. Below is JJ's reaction. Photo courtesy of Jay Berry)
"Got to cross an item off of my bucket list tonight. I was fortunate enough to be selected to direct The Irish Blessing at the close of the Southern Gateway Chorus rehearsal at Harmony Lodge(where I practically grew up running around on the risers). On my way back to the hotel, I thought about my Popeye and how he directed it, and I really missed him. Love you Popeye, and I hope I did you proud tonight. I hope some day I can be one-tenth of the man you were!
Gateway Members singing the night away after rehearsal. Jim Fry, Dick Baker, Kent Vanderkolk and Jay Berry try their voices together as other Gateway members listen to the fun. (Picture courtesy of David Howard.)
Gateway did it again. As a family, we descended on the lodge at Clifty Falls State Park in Indiana and made the rafters ring! We sang. We ate. We showed off our new roll on/roll off riser carts. We shared what the chorus means in our lives. The joy and friendship that we shared with each other made the weekend worthwhile. And THEN……then we sang some more and ate some more. Pizza and Beer and Singing! What more can we ask of each other?