We are listening to the Yale Glee Club at the 135th Reunion at Woolsey Hall singing Randall Thompson's Alleluia.......and now I've got the Biebl's Ave Maria playing full blast for Dad too, of course. And I am overwhelmed..........as you can well imagine. We've been listening to Yale Glee Club CDs full blast tonight........and suddenly, all of the pieces I've ever heard the Glee Club perform in my whole life, since I was a little girl, with many of the texts about death and dying, are taking on a new and deeper meaning ........my own Dad's passing over........it's simply beyond words at this point for me. Beyond words.......All I want to do is lie on the floor on my back, like Dad used to in his retirement years in New Hartford, and listen to Glee Club CDs and LPs full blast, and to listen with my whole heart and my whole mind, like he did all of his life...........as a family, Dad would have us all gather in the living room and he would put on a favorite song on the stereo and after giving us a passionate speech about why he thinks the upcoming piece is basically out of this world, he would make us sit in absolute silence and let the piece wash over us all, full blast and we'd all ball like babies. I think these were the most memorable family times I had with Dad and the ones I will miss the very most. The times he'd make me sit in silence, not a word was allowed to be uttered, and he and I and the family would all sit together with the music taking us all to higher ground together. I will miss my dad beyond words. But I will always be able to visit him for the rest of my life in the music, for he will always be there.
~Peggy Heath Ogilvy, devoted daughter