Thursday, September 30, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Zebedee, where art thou?
We received an article this week about a concert at Hopewell No. 1 MB Church.
The concert will be by Zebedee R. Jones, “renowned choir director and pianist” to quote the article.
The concert is in memory of the late Henderson Milan, a correspondent for The South Reporter for 72 years.
Milan passed away last year, but I think up until maybe a few months before his death, he was still sending tidbits of community news to the paper.
He always mailed his news and it was always typed on a manual typewriter. As used to as most of us are to the very soft and easy keys on a computer, I can’t imagine the strength his fingers must have had.
I can’t imagine typing on a manual typewriter now (or any typewriter for that matter). You actually have to hit return at the end of every line. Whew! Who can remember that nowadays!
One of the things that puzzled me was listing Zebedee Jones and not listing him as the director of the world renowned Rust A’Capella Choir.
We also received a photo of Zebedee Jones and the Christmas community choir (if I lived in town I’d try my hardest to get in that choir!). Didn’t mention the A’Capella Choir in that either.
Even stranger, we have a story about the opening convocation at Rust College. Dorothy Jones is listed as the choir director.
Many years ago, I visited with Zebedee Jones and the Rust choir and wrote a story about a choir tour. I think I’ve written several stories about the choir and its director.
I have always been so impressed with the discipline Jones brought to the choir and the amazing sound of that glorious group.
For several years, my friend Jane, my oldest granddaughter and I attended the Christmas concert held by the choir in conjunction with the Christmas Tea at the Kate Clark Gallery and the Christmas Tour, hosted by the Marshall County Museum.
The pieces performed from Handel’s “Messiah” were breathtaking!
Meredith, my granddaughter, was always totally immersed in the music and as young as she was, by the second and third year, she could sing right along with almost all of the songs.
I will be on my way home from Missouri and not able to attend the concert in memory of Mr. Milan, who was a sponsor of past concerts by Jones at Hopewell No. 1.
What a wonderful way to honor his memory -- with such an extraordinary musician as Jones.
Now, I just have to find out what’s happening with the A’Capella Choir!
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