A MAN WHO EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AS A FRIEND PART 3   Leave a comment

CHECK OUT PART 1 SO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT–REMEMBER THESE ALL HAVE TO BE SAID WITH A DEEP MISSISSIPPIAN ACCENT AND A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE ! i WAS GOING TO SPREAD THEM OUT AS QUOTES ON THE BOTTOM OF BLOGS BUT HERE THEY ARE–AND HERE’S TO YOU “SPORT”.


ME–BUDDY VEST IN “A CHORUS LINE”  DR. K

ON DICTION AND PRONUNCIATION:

“Y’all are just a bunch o’ Yankees. What y’ look into is not a meer –it’s pronounced mirr-ohr!”

“…two words pronounced wrong–“our”, which has 2 syllables. and “Tuesday,” pronounced “twosday” not “teeoozday.”     “Miss Susie says…”

ON SPEAKING TO FEMALES: (SOPRANOS AND ALTOS, GENERALLY BUT NOT ALWAYS)

“Dahrlin’…(most females addressed in this manner .)

“Well-l-l there’s MIss___________”

“Come back, little Sheba!” (to an inattentive female during rehearsal)

“Whoa there, Miss Molly!”

“Holy cow, gal! You can hit that high C! C’mon now, do it!”

ON AUDITIONS:

On the first Monday night of each quarter “Mr. K” would conduct ‘hearings’ (as opposed to auditions, since he believed that anyoen who could match tones should be given the opportunity to experience the excitement of singing major choral works to orchestral accompaniment, if they put forth the effort. The ‘hearing was simply employed to place the singer in the proper voice range section.) On one such occasion, after many hearings of “Way Down Upon The Swanee River” a young lady with a confident manner, enetered the hearing room. With a clear ringing quality in her voice Mr. K took her though scales from low G to A above the staff, his eyes growing larger with each sequence. Giving her a gracious compliment on her voice Mr. K excused her. When she was gone he turned to his assistant and said with wonderment only he could exude, “The roof of her mouth must look like the Sistine Chapel.”

ON PHILOSOPHY:

“…a oneness which abides.”

“…a terribbly meaningful experience.”

“Your joys, hopes, dreams and fears are mine. I want mine to be yours.”

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I took Dr. K to his first performance ever of “A Chorus Line”. He sat crying, trembling, through the song “At The Ballet”. This was a man who had sung all over the world, had taught music for over 25 years and after the show said, “That song, ‘At The Ballet’ is one of the most perfect pieces of music I have ever heard in a Broadway show.”

We lost him too soon.   

 

Posted September 19, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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