CUEnotes

CUEnotes are the writings of Randy Edwards and other student choir directors addressing a wide array of youth choir concerns. Each article allows readers the opportunity to respond, and your responses are most helpful as other readers explore the articles for information and insights. We greatly your input and experience!

Fresh Air … Dan Jean

Fresh Air … Dan Jean

When we are thirsty, the first sip of cool water is magically good. And the first bite of food when we are really hungry? Oh yes! Is anything better? Surely our hunger and thirst tell us exactly what we need, and when we respond to that need, our whole being rejoices....

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WORDS … Dan Jean

WORDS … Dan Jean

How many words are there on the Internet? Using a ratio of 300 words to each of the estimated 100 billion pages on the Internet will yield approximately 30 trillion words. That is 30 followed by 12 zeroes. The sheer volume of information and opinion “out there” is...

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Some theories for why I didn’t see it …

Some theories for why I didn’t see it …

See this? As I recall, I first encountered a similar wood graphic in 1974 in Alvin, TX, sitting on the desk of my boss and mentor, Roy Savage, in his church study, three doors down from mine. For a full two years, during weekly staff meetings in his office, I would...

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Common Language … Dan Jean

Common Language … Dan Jean

Common Language   What connects Elvis with Eddie Van Halen? What do Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have in common? Each of these famous musicians is musically illiterate. Not one of them could communicate in the language of a musical score. Not even one of the...

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Never underestimate the potential of a passionate, hard-working teenager! — The story behind Peacebunny Island

Never underestimate the potential of a passionate, hard-working teenager! — The story behind Peacebunny Island

                                  Huck and Bandit                                                                                                                                        Caleb and Casper 14-year-old animal-lover, entrepreneur and visionary, Caleb Smith,...

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WIDE ANGLE … by Dan Jean

WIDE ANGLE … by Dan Jean

My mother used to take my brother and me for walks. We lived on a small orchard in central Indiana where we could walk through the trees or along the gravel roads nearby. She would encourage me to look up and enjoy the many things to see along the way. “Look down for...

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The Gift of Imperfections

The Gift of Imperfections

The current pandemic has me feeling quite imperfect these days. New routines to learn. New information to absorb. New skills to master. New emotions to wrangle. In Navajo culture, the custom is for rug weavers to leave little imperfections along the borders. In Japan,...

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