Posted by mountainmelody On 6/29/2009 09:31:00 PM 1 comments
We don't have GA meetings during the summer--but this video reminds me of them. A lot. :)

part 4

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/28/2009 06:21:00 AM 1 comments
Me? Carried away taking too many pictures?

The end.

part 3

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/24/2009 09:00:00 PM 2 comments
Okay, back to pictures of the grotto. The random combination of sacred and secular here really cracked me up!
leaning tower of Pisa
Jerusalem temple

sacred harp singing

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/21/2009 02:45:00 PM 8 comments
On Thursday I went to the National Sacred Harp Singing Convention. It was great! There's nothing like being surrounded by hundreds of people singing a cappella harmony as loudly as they can. (Contrary to this picture, it wasn't just old men!)
The convention made the local news. Check out the photos on the left of the page too.
For more about Sacred Harp--including sound clips--check out the articles from NPR and Time. Or watch some of the videos on YouTube.
Sacred Harp music isn't all warm fuzzies. Check out the lyrics to one song we sang:
Youth, like the spring, will soon be gone,
By fleeting time or conquering death;
Your morning sun may set at noon,
And leave you ever in the dark.
Your sparkling eyes and blooming cheeks
Must wither like the blasted rose;
The coffin, earth, and winding sheet
Will soon your active limbs enclose,
Will soon your active limbs enclose.
Most of the songs weren't so gloomy, though. If you like music, you should come next year. It's free and very fun!

part 2

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/20/2009 07:10:00 AM 0 comments
I took tons of pictures, so you'll be seeing them here for awhile!

It was a fascinating place.

Ave Maria Grotto

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/17/2009 09:01:00 PM 4 comments
How could I have not been here before now?
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

more later--


Posted by mountainmelody On 6/14/2009 09:24:00 PM 1 comments
I finally had a chance to stop by Mooresville on my trip.
Mooresville was the first town incorporated in Alabama. The entire town is on the National Historic Register!

Here's the 1839 brick church.

Check out the steeple! (Sorry this picture isn't so great.)

Mooresville was a nice stop!

more Huntsville

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/12/2009 08:05:00 PM 1 comments
Huntsville had some beautiful old buildings.
But it also had confusing streets and signs.
Which way do you want to go? Take your pick!

you know it may be time to go shopping when...

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/10/2009 07:28:00 PM 0 comments
Anonymous person: You look really cute today! I almost didn't recognize you!

Me: Uhh...thanks?
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/08/2009 08:47:00 PM 3 comments
I visited an interesting church this weekend.
The back of this sign talked about the building's "distinctive, modernistic architecture and Christian symbolism."

Others called it a "galactic church" that was the result of a "great enterprise."

Everyone enjoyed looking at "Jesus on an eggbeater"...

and the interplanetary stained glass windows.

I'd certainly never seen a church quite like this before!

Posted by mountainmelody On 6/07/2009 07:50:00 AM 2 comments

Here's a lovely video of my choir singing in our concert. I'm hidden up somewhere in the second section from the left, in the middle left. You can see more here.
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/05/2009 09:22:00 PM 0 comments
on the road again!
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/04/2009 09:17:00 AM 3 comments
I hope I'm not over the weight limit...
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/03/2009 06:06:00 AM 5 comments's the weather looking for Yellowstone?
Posted by mountainmelody On 6/01/2009 09:22:00 PM 1 comments all the way!