PipeChat Digest #1586 - Thursday, August 31, 2000
a neat story
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Old St. Mary's Organ, San Francisco
  by "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com>
"The King of Instruments"
  by "Stan Guy" <texstan@earthlink.net>
Re: St. Mary the Virgin
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
x-posted Church in PA on Sunday
  by <snyder@skyenet.net>
Re: a neat story
  by <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>

(back) Subject: a neat story From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 19:03:04 -0700   Bob's comment reminded me of a neat story: years ago, my schola cantorum spent a week on vacation in Ensenada. It happened that the owner of the motel was building a chapel right behind the motel in memory of his mother. He found out we were a singing group, and asked us if we would come back and sing for the dedication. I said "sure", and gave him my phone number, thinking nothing would probably come of it. The chapel at that point was a roof-less concrete shoe-box.   About a year later, he called. The chapel was finished, the Bishop was coming, would we sing? He'd put us up and feed us. I'm always up for an adventure, so I said "yes".   There was no way to get in touch with the Bishop or the priest ... we had to guess at what we were supposed to do ... so we took the Dubois Mass in G for men's voices (in Latin) and the "Terribilis est" Propers and some motets and hoped for the best. He said there would be "an organ". I've done services down in Tijuana before, so I was prepared for just about anything.   When we arrived, the concrete shoebox had been transformed into a GORGEOUS classic Spanish mission chapel, complete with bell-tower, plaza and fountain ... the interior walls were done with hand-painted tiles .... the benches were hand-made ... obviously everything in the chapel had been made by the people ... it was really moving.   So, we went in to practice. The organ was a Wurlitzer spinet out of the motel bar, with a plank across two sawhorses for a bench. No problem ... the Dubois was for harmonium (grin).   By the time the Bishop arrived the church was standing room only ... I had two little boys balanced on each end of the plank ... there was no place else for them to sit! They watched me play the Mass in wide-eyed wonder, perfectly behaved.   Just about everybody in this end of the world knows enough Spanish to follow the Mass, at least, so we didn't have any problems. And the Bishop did more-or-less what I expected him to do. After the first chant, he had the presence of mind to sing his parts in Latin, since he realized that we were Anglo and didn't have a Spanish-language Pontificale. I had remembered to xerox the pages from my Latin one for the choir.   There was a huge fiesta with fireworks afterwards and more food than the law ALLOWS. And tequila (grin). And beer (grin). And wine (grin). We had a BLAST!   Cheers,   Bud    
(back) Subject: Re: Old St. Mary's Organ, San Francisco From: "Blaine Ricketts" <blaineri@home.com> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 19:12:37 -0700   This organ is used every Sunday. Last year or so, someone who wanted to = sell them a tracker told them it was worth a fortune and when the church = leaders found out otherwise, nothing ever happened.   Where does Nick Grbac live?   Blaine Ricketts     Nick Grbac wrote: > > A few years ago, the organ from Old St. Mary's Church in San Francisco > was removed. I was wondering if anyone knows its whereabouts? > > NickGTV > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: "The King of Instruments" From: "Stan Guy" <texstan@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 21:14:56 -0500     Dear Friends ---   I have just listed the book "The King of Instruments" by Bernard Sonnaillon for sale on eBay. It is a beautiful book out of print. This copy is in perfect condition. It sold originally for $95.00.   It is item #424397192.   Please email me privately if you have any questions.   Thanks,   Stan Guy            
(back) Subject: Re: St. Mary the Virgin From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 19:12:40   At 06:44 PM 8/30/2000 -0700, you wrote: >I gather from the comments that the >Rector of St. Mary's quoted canon law at the Guild and the Guild >folded. Typical. The Guild wouldn't involve themselves in the San Diego >matter either.<snip>   ....typical weak panty waist action on the part of the AGO, and 99% of why they will NEVER again get a dime of my dues money until they reform. If I had to play a church job again, I'd sign a card with AFM, plop a contract down on the rector's desk and tell him to "deal with it". Life's too = short to spend it being a martyr...these joints have enough of those to fawn = over already.   DeserTBoB  
(back) Subject: x-posted Church in PA on Sunday From: <snyder@skyenet.net> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 22:16:19 -0500   Hi, I'm going to be in Pocono Manor, Pa on Sunday. Does anyone know of a church I would like to go to? Prefer mostly traditional liturgical service. I would consider traveling maybe up to an hour away. I will not get e-mail after very early Friday morning.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Clarice Jane Snyder mailto:snyder@skyenet.net, http://www.skyenet.net/~snyder        
(back) Subject: Re: a neat story From: <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 23:59:38 -0400 (EDT)   Wonderful story, Bud.