When I was in high school, I played the violin and was part of my school’s Chamber Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra was very selective, only the best musicians were invited to join (although to be fair, our high school was so large – I had 1200+ kids in my graduating class alone – that we were still a big group) and each year we would travel to compete in a national competition. We were the Vocal Adrenaline of Chamber Orchestras (which for you non-Glee fans, means that we were huge, intimidating and undefeated). I loved everything about my time in Chamber Orchestra: the music, the people, the camaraderie but the thing that sticks out in my mind the most are the trips that we took to get to competition. There was a lot of work and last-minute rehearsals but there was also a lot of fun. There was usually an outing to someplace cool (we hit Williamsburg a couple of times and got to go to Busch Gardens) and a banquet / dance for the awards but there was also some unofficial traditions.
On the bus, we used to crank Meatloaf’s Paradise By the Dashboard Light and make the seniors dance / sing / act it out. There were quite some memorable performances of that song.
Then, when we got to the competition itself, we would ride in singing Queen’s We Will Rock You at the top of our lungs. It was a pretty impressive sound considering how many of us there were. It got us psyched up to perform and compete and (considering how we were undefeated) it probably didn’t do much for the confidence of any other group that may have witnessed our entrance.
Then after we performed, we piled back and the bus and sang a rousing rendition of We Are the Champions.
As I was watching Glee this week, what with them winning their National Competition, and the fact that they performed both We Are the Champions and Paradise By the Dashboard Light just caused so many flashbacks to what was one of the best experiences of my life.