Audible Arrangements: New Music for an Old Friend
It’s hard to remember the beginning of some friendships. At least, that’s the way it is with Anne. When did I not know her? When was she not a part of my world? She folded into my life so smoothly and delicately – like meringue into cake batter – that I don’t even recall meeting her. She was just . . . always there.
“Always” in this case means since middle school – my 7th grade year to be exact – and I have the pictures to prove it. It would have been sooner, but she had the audacity to be born a year later than I was. This fact bothers me more with each passing year.
Anne is an exceptionally gifted, intelligent, accomplished woman. But she possesses two strengths in particular that have helped shape and drive my life. 1.) She is a first class musician and vocalist. 2.) She is the world’s most faithful friend.
These strengths were what motivated me last year as I arranged “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” for her choir. I wanted it to be good. No, I wanted it to be great. I wanted to show off a little for this Teacher of the Year recipient, long-time Soprano for the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and dearest friend in my life.
Anne has encouraged me to send this arrangement to publishers, so I’ll keep you apprised of the rejection letter count. Meanwhile, take a listen to the Puster Pride Choir’s excellent performance of “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” as directed by Anne Tracy last month.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville