I was able to film him at yesterday’s Mass. Here he is leading the Alleluia.
Unfortunately the video is not sharp enough to see Matthew singing. The first recitation is Matthew solo, and I think you can hear how sweet his voice is. When the entire congregation responds with the second and third recitations unfortunately you can hear an ugly male voice in the forefront of the voices. He was near my phone and I’ll have another word on him at the end.
But I also filmed the entire chorus during two of their hymns. First, the offertory hymn, “Open My Eyes, Lord.”
That’s Matthew with the white shirt with the pink sleeves. That’s the musical director playing piano, the younger children of the choir toward the front, and the older in the back.
Here during the recessional hymn, “Though the Mountains May Fall.”
The kids are wonderful, and the music director, Debbie Williams, is great with the kids. You don’t hear it with the children’s choir, but she has a wonderful voice. I think she’s opera trained.
Now back to that ugly man’s voice in the Alleluia. I must confess. That was me, and I’m very embarrassed about it. I’ve said, there are two types of Italian men, those that can sing and those that think they can sing. I’m ashamed to say I’m of the second type obviously. I don’t realize how bad I actually sound until I hear it played back. Matthew has been making fun of me ever since we heard the recordings.
But this was Matthew’s day and he shined.