Time for a carol, and apparently one that's got my brain working overtime (well it is Sunday, that's triple pay right?). "O Come All Ye Faithful" - definitely a childhood favourite. The ever louder "Come let us adore him" that inevitably resulted in all us kids shouting rather than singing was too much fun. Slightly more restrained is Josh Groban, but then he can actually sing so he had a head start on most of the kids I went to school with.
He also has help from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who got me thinking of something a bit strange - yes, it's rambly Kevin day!
So... apparently they have won Emmys and Grammys, which is impressive, but then I started wondering how many current members would've actually won those awards. The great begging encyclopaedia of the web tells me they won a Grammy in 1960, but it also says you can only be in the choir for 20 years tops. So none. And yes, apparently they were nominated in 2007 but they didn't win, I'm being harsh I know. The current Musical Director even joined after that nomination. I was all merrily indignant about their award claims until I thought more and realised we don't care about such things with sports teams. Naming no names it can be, say, 86 years between winning titles but despite there being next to no-one connecting the two generations we just accept it's the same team. With music it's different. The Jackson 5 without Tito or Jermaine would still be the Jackson 5 (assuming they still had 5 Jacksons anyway), but without Michael everyone regarded them as incomplete. So perhaps we accept a choir because there is no star, it's a team effort. Yet sports teams often have stars!
So your thought for the day... what is the difference? Should we treat a choir more like a rock band or a sports team?