A few years ago, I mentioned that I was on facebook to my brother-in-law (a historian). His response was "aren't you a bit *old* to be on facebook?" I laughed, and explained that as a web professional I needed to know about social networks and that most of my "friends" on facebook were part of my professional network. He was still skeptical.
Since then, the ecosystem of facebook has explosively expanded beyond college campuses and web geeks. It seems like almost everyone I've met in my life has joined facebook, including cousins and friends I lost touch with over 20 years ago. A lot of these friends went to high school with me. And I'm so grateful to back in touch again.
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Back in High School, music was the center of my life. I sang the psalms at the evening mass. I sang in my school choirs. I sang in musical theater. I probably spent more time singing than speaking.
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One of my favorite things of concert choir was Christmas caroling. It was so much fun to learn the music and then walk around downtown Davis singing in our community. We'd sing traditional and sacred music. One year, we spent a lot of time learning Handel. At the time, the ice cream chain Baskin Robins had this ad campaign where they'd pan across ice cream sundaes and banana splits with a sound track of Handel's Halleluia Chorus.
While out christmas caroling, all of us kids packed into the tiny Baskin Robins in downtown Davis. Mr Brunelle, our wonderful teacher, gave the cue and we "spontaneously" burst into the Halleluia Chorus.
It was a beautiful musical prank. The brainchild of our beloved Mr Brunelle.