Vineyard Sound Blog
August 29, 2012
As the Vineyard Sound mildly hibernates during the winter, we wanted to extend a huge thank you to all the family, friends, and fans that made it out to our shows and supported the group throughout the summer. As a non-profit organization, we rely on your support to exist each summer and what an amazing summer it was! From having a private wedding performance the second day being on island, to having a private photo-shoot and recording session with the Nautica clothing company, to having a widely successful 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert with 70 alumni in attendance, to being hired to help a man propose to girlfriend while singing “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, to adding a 6th and then 7th weekly show in Vineyard Haven and at the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha, we kept busy and had a blast! We hope you enjoyed our final Old Whaling Church concert for those that made it out and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next year. For those of you still dying to get to know another first-year member of the group, here’s Elliot Daniel’s blog post. Enjoy and until next summer, have an awesome year!
Without further adieu…
When asked the following questions about his time on Martha’s Vineyard and his experiences in the Vineyard Sound, Elliot Daniels responded:
1) What was your favorite part about singing in the Vineyard Sound for a whole summer?
The best part of singing with the Vineyard Sound the whole summer was experiencing how distinct each of our voices were. Between the 10 of us, we sang a variety of different styles, which made performing very enjoyable and always interesting. With such variance this summer, it was a great opportunity for me to learn even more about singing from my fellow members.
2) What has been your favorite place to visit on Martha’s Vineyard?
If I could go anywhere on island, it would be Great Rock Bight. It’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. The beach features spectacular glacial rock deposits left over from the last ice age. Geology lessons aside, it’s a nice spot escape the crowds of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.
3) Where is your favorite place to eat on the island?
My favorite place to eat on Island has to be McPhail’s. It’s a lovely café located in downtown Edgartown, by the Chappy ferry. In between our St. Andrew’s shows on Friday, I stopped by for a quick bite. There’s nothing better than sipping on a hot coffee and watching the boats slip past.
4) What new habits/hobbies did you pick up or started doing more of since arriving on Martha’s Vineyard?
For a better part of the summer I tackled the behemoth of a book “A Path Between the Two Seas”. The prolific David McCollough tells the account of the planning and building of the Panama Canal. Also in my free time I listened to folk music, defeated my numerous foes in the game/world “Skyrim,” and of course WENT TO THE BEACH!
5) What will be your most memorable experience from the summer?
Being able to sing in 20th reunion concert is an experience ill treasure for a long time. There was a lot of preparation and build up to the event, but its importance didn’t sink in until I started singing. The cheer of the crowd and the sound of 70 Vineyard Sound singers mixed together, filling Tab with pure excitement. Shaking hands with alums and fans after the concert made me realize how lucky I really was to have been in the group for the summer.