In Need of Music
December 10th, 2009 by Mike

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus has a new CD called “In Need of Music.” It’s the first recording the chorus has done since I’ve joined.  Most of the pieces are from our March 2009 concert series, Outside the Box. One piece is from our December 2008 concert series. There are two pieces that are from series prior to my joining the chorus.

I bought my copies of the CD last night. It’s pretty amazing. Honestly, I had forgotten how much really great music we did for Outside the Box. My absolute favorite piece is track 7, Chad Weirick‘s brilliant arrangement of “A Love that will Never Grow Old” from Brokeback Mountain. We performed that with a string quartet and Chad at the piano. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

In listening to the CD this morning on my way to work, “What Matters” from the Matthew Shepherd story had me in tears. It’s fantastic. I remember thinking how difficult that piece was, and it came out amazing. It has a lot of syncopation, and with 150 voices, that’s not easy to do.

I think everything was recorded at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music. As I’ve stated before, Jordan Hall is a sacred place to me.

I could blather away for quite a while about this CD. Instead, head over the chorus’ website and listen to some of the clips yourself. And while you’re at it, buy yourself a copy of the CD.

After every concert, I say that I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing group of men. This CD has to be one of the proudest moments in my life. It feels absolutely amazing to be part of a group that has performed such stunningly beautiful music. Perhaps, I’m just a bit biased. If that’s the case, I’m perfectly okay with that.

4 Responses  
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    December 10th, 200911:31 pmat

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  • Jamie Simpson writes:
    December 11th, 200910:00 amat

    Hear, hear. I was getting choked up from the first track, and even though I’m pretty new to the chorus, that concert was my favorite musically, so it’s gratifying to have most of it recorded for posterity, and to finally have the opportunity to hear it as an audience member did. Thanks for posting. 🙂

  • Mike Nuss writes:
    December 11th, 200910:20 pmat

    I have to agree, it’s a great compilation and there is some excellent singing. Even Never Get Lost / Take Me To The World surprised me. Reuben had said how beautiful it sounded, but I never really believed it until I heard the recording. One clarification – Last Letter Home was recorded at Arlington Street Church (it’s a Chamber Choir performance).

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    January 2nd, 20105:53 pmat


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