An opportunity to come and observe the choir of K'hal Adath Jeshurun as they prepare weekly for their sacred duty always proves to be interesting.
My intent this week was to provide you with a clip or two of the special niggunim for Shavuos as they were rehearsed.
As the choir members trickled in, the first comment I received was from a choir member who exclaimed, "What? You had to come and record us in a week when we can't shave?!??!". (Point taken. Everybody ignore the scruff.)
Then another choir member arrives and hands me a lovely bottle of Cabernet. I'm still unsure as to whether this was because he was our Shabbos guest last week or because he was hoping I would make a concerted effort to capture his "good side"....
Please keep in mind once again, that my rehearsal videos are raw footage. There is real work being done and my recordings therefore capture moments of unpreparedness and constructive criticisms (I've edited out much of the non-constructive witticisms but rest assured, the chuckle these fast and furious repartees gave me was responsible for a good portion of the "camera shake").
(Technical note: I was unable to get these wide screen recordings to fit well onto my blog template. You might want to click on them and watch them directly on YouTube. In fact, I've created a playlist here.)