Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002
Well, another District contest has come and gone, though this year was a little more interesting than others.
My brother (Alex) and I decided on a whim to compete again (our quartet Autograph won the District title last year) just for fun, with a few guys from Tampa. Three of us sang a non-regular voice part (Alex sang Baritone, our Lead, Tim, is a Tenor in real life, and I sang Tenor, and of course I should stick to Baritone…), and were sure that one of the two decent quartets in the contest would surely best our performance.
So, in what we are pretty sure is a first for the Sunshine District (a site not designed by webgraph btw), Alex and I are now repeat District Champions in back-to-back years.
Needless to say, there is an awful lot of whining and bitching to be heard, as is always the case when people try to blame their misfortunes on someone else’s actions. Heck, the second place quartet actually was in first place after the first round; they only lost because of a poor performance on Saturday night. That’s competition.
Aside from the results of the quartet contest, our chorus did rather well, placing 3rd to Tampa and Jacksonville (Jacksonville had 45 men on stage, Tampa nearly 90, while we made due with only 23), and beating Winter Park, our current arch-rivals, by a mere 12 points. The nice thing about the victory is that we were going to be competing as a combined chorus this year, that is until Winter Park pulled out of the deal less than two months ago. The one song our chorus had already been working on by then was also their best contest ballad, and we decided to keep it and just beat them with their own song. Well, we actually ended up tying exactly on the ballad, but we edged them out on our uptune :-)
There will of course be individuals who will always hold a grudge against Alex and me because of what transpired in the quartet contest this weekend, but those people and their personalities cannot be helped. Alex and I have both been in many losing situations before, and the only reason we continue to improve is that we take each loss and figure out what we could have done better, then we do it.
Focus my friends, focus.