June 22nd, 2007

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My chorus' final prep for our concert in Albi is now in full swing. We had a rehearsal last night that went pretty well. I sang my solo this time and wasn't sick, so it went much better. I was also standing in the back of the room, which had nice acoustics, so everyone was able to hear me. I got several good compliments. (Usually, I'm standing to the (stage) left of the chorus, and some people can't hear me well unless I'm miked.)

We're having a "memorization party" on Saturday. I've probably mentioned before that most (if not all) of what we perform needs to be memorized. Some people in the group feel uncomfortable without their music, although I think part of the discomfort also comes from singing in a mixed formation (rather than each vocal part being in its own section). I actually prefer to sing in a mixed formation, because I like the overall blend, and while I'm singing I get to hear more of the other parts.

I think some people in my chorus wonder why I'm unemployed, because I seem to be good at things like memorizing my music, holding down my part, etc. What they are seeing is a situation which in most ways is ideally suited to me. For one thing, we've done many of these pieces before, so I know them. Some of them I've even sung in other groups (although in some cases, on a different voice part). Having sung in several choruses, I'm used to the idioms and styles of the material (especially gospel). Most of the choruses I've sung in required memorization, so it's not a sudden shock to be expected to memorize. Finally, I learned a lot of music from just listening to the radio, rather than from sheet music, so I'm used to receiving the information orally, rather than visually. I think there are well-formed neural pathways that make it easier for me to memorize than some others. In a chorus that required sight-reading, I wouldn't do as well, because I don't spend as much time on it, and it hasn't been required of me as much.

I wish I could find a job at the Aurora Singers of tech companies; a place that is ideally suited to the way mind works and solves problems. Like at Google they want you to talk about what you are doing while you do it. Sometimes a solution doesn't come to me right away, and I don't want to lose concentration, so I'm silent as I wait for the solution to come to me. I'm not holding back on anyone purposely; just waiting until I feel comfortable enough to talk about what I'm doing.
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The interviewer from the big G never called me. I waited an hour. That's all I can do. I can only make myself available to the company; I can't make the company contact me. No one can accuse me of not trying.

I've read examples of this sort of thing happening. There was a guy whose interviewer was late, and when he finally called, said he only had a few minutes to interview him. He wanted to know what the candidate thought the company's problems were, but argued with him when he gave his responses. The candidate had, as one might expect, reservations about expressing objections about how G does business, not being an employee yet and wanting to come off as a team player. If/when something like this happens to me, I'll probably say the most serious issue at the moment seems to be communication with the public. People like the technology, but are concerned about issues such as privacy and censorship. But when G has been contacted about such issues, no one is available for comment. Sometimes press releases, announcements, or blog posts are made in response, but there is a feeling of unease with regards to the timeliness and quality of the responses.

Oh well. As the date of my trip gets closer, I won't have as much time to focus/concentrate on an interview. This afternoon was perhaps the best opportunity for something to happen. It didn't, and it's not my fault.
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