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Post by Admin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:50 am

How does the leader communicate how he wants the song to be sung? Of course, this presumes that the leader has a preference. If he just beats time, it's going to default to the front bench leads.


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New topic what does it mean to lead.

Post by Scott Swanton on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:00 pm

from the Oxford dictionary

verb (past and past participle led /led/)
[with object]

1cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc., while moving forward:she emerged leading a bay horse
show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them:she stood up and led her friend to the door
be a reason or motive for (someone):nothing that I have read about the case leads me to the conclusion that anything untoward happened [with object and infinitive]:a fascination for art led him to start a collection of paintings
[no object] be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction:a door leading to a better-lit corridor
[no object] (lead to) culminate in (a particular event):closing the plant will lead to the loss of 300 jobs

2be in charge or command of:a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff
organize and direct:the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area
set (a process) in motion:they are waiting for an expansion of world trade to lead a recovery
be the principal player of (a group of musicians):since the forties he has led his own big bands
[no object] (lead with) assign the most important position to (a particular news item):the news on the radio led with the murder

3be superior to (competitors or colleagues):there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world
have the first place in (a competition); be ahead of (competitors):the veteran jockey was leading the field
[no object] have the advantage in a race or game:Dallas was fortunate to lead 85-72

4have or experience (a particular way of life):she’s led a completely sheltered life

5initiate (action in a game or contest), in particular.
(in card games) play (the first card) in a trick or round of play.
[no object] (lead with) Boxing make an attack with (a particular punch or fist):Adam led with a left
[no object] Baseball (of a base runner) advance one or more steps from the base one occupies while the pitcher has the ball:
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Post by Liz Shaw on Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:28 pm

For those of us who remember seeing Mr. Richard Moss lead the Blue Ridge Style of Christian Harmony, there can be no mistake about how a good leader communicates to the singers. The best way I can describe it was he was dancing a ballet! His entire body was moving, he raised and lowered his arms, he floated on his toes, he swayed with the tempo, he walked across the platform in front of everyone - especially during fugues to cue the singers. His face was very expressive, appropriate to the words he was singing. Words of suffering brought grimaces; words of admonition raised his eyebrows; words of comfort closed his eyes; words of heaven brought expressions of great joy....it was all there. It was more than the tune, it was the poetry that he conveyed as well.

Singers would look at each other and shiver when we were through with his song, and most often my father would ask him to lead extra ones, and no one ever complained. My personal favorite that he led was David's Lamentation.

It was pure, unadulterated expression from a deep, emotional place that he was not afraid to share with us - we idolized him. We strove to also sing from the emotional place in us that he touched - we became very vulnerable and willing to share something very personal and, I daresay, spiritual that he elicited.

Does anyone have any videos/recordings of him? If so, can we get them posted on the BRCHS website?

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Post by D Wiley on Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:14 pm

Look in the "Songs" forum > "Anyone recognize this? for a sound file of Mr Moss and wife singing Idumea
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