about that woman who was always breaking into song;
 did she ever find the key? 
we tend to take the hardest way,
and i'd like to break in here and 
                 (of course, give the floor
and apologise for the time i opened the door 
        (or the keyhole)
or peered down that alley
  or watched myself peer down that alley
from a bus driving by,
just before i tapped me on my shoulder
and interrupted            (excuse me?)
                my train of thought,
but i was very polite and tried to answer any questions i might have
      apologising)(and the interruptions are not always abrupt, but seem 
to fade in or out....
    but i never spoke again about what i saw 
     in that room; you're glad i didn't?
          and sometimes, i think that bus travel is a subset of my life,
          that i can put it in brackets and call it something else
      (still under the general heading, 
 and going in the same direction,
 and the sets (within sets,) like nameless commuters, or even the people
     who live on your floor)
i'd say lives nested like dolls,
  i'd call it by the mathematic names of overlapping sets or domains,
i'd look again if i had a chance,
   (to refer to that time by the alley, when i got so distracted)
i'd arrange it in order      and add one to another
                         ( you can try, when the manuscript
  if there could be an order, if all of the sets would close
                           (...is finished)
          (...but we're still parenthetical to one another)
if they would become entities, or remain entities,
if life would hold still.)

8 Feb 1996

"Finding the key" is also a good exercise for a cappella groups, if the singers are talented enough to pull it off successfully.

The general idea is to select a song, then have each singer pick a note to start on that is fairly close to his/her actual note, but is not the correct one. Then, the group starts singing and attempts to go from horrendously off-key to the correct key (or something close enough) in the space of a measure or two.

If executed properly, knowing how to do this helps your group in the event that all hell breaks loose during a show and you get badly off-key in live action. A subtle gesture from the music director can cue this in.

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