Friday, March 25, 2005

The Court is Now in Session

The Right Honourable Joel Harsevoort is presiding over this People's Court: van Breda vs interview. Would the defendant please rise?

I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

1. What is your happiest memory? Do you think on it often?

Tough question. I have a lot of favourite memories, but having to choose the happiest one is proving rather difficult. I suppose that I would have to nominate a camping trip at Presque'Ille Provincial Park. I'm not sure which camping trip, because they all blend together, but it's one of the ones that I took with my family sometime in between the ages of 5 and 9. While there were normal stressors in our household growing up, they seemed to dissolve once we got to our campsite. We'd unpack the hard-top trailer, get the bikes out and the four of us kids would be off riding the trails through the camp grounds, scouring for any remnants of useful firewood at abandoned campsites. Time, while it still existed, became irrelevant to our daily activities. Whatever adventures that we wished to undertake each day might have began in the morning before breakfast, or after a leisurely morning spent reading or skipping stones. I biked a lot with my mom-- out to the camp store, over to the lighthouse and visitor's centre, down to the boardwalk or out to Beach Two. Camp fires, barbeques, frisbee and baseball, thunderstorms and rain.... Definitely my happiest memory. And yes, I do actually think of it quite often. Oh to go back and do it again....

2. How did you like growing up in Belleville? Would you live there again?

I loved growing up in Belleville. I was one of those kids who thought that Belleville was a huge city: stands to reason, though: I never really spent much time in the GTA, though I spent a fair amount of time in London and Chatham, I only saw the outskirts and the farms (so I thought that Belleville must have been three times the size of Chatham) and we in Belleville were surrounded by such 'towns' as Picton, Bloomfield, Trenton and the vast country North of 7. It really is *somewhat* of a hole, I suppose, and that's perfectly understandable: the Quinte Area has (or had, at one point in the past five yeas) the lowest gross income per capita across Ontario. There aren't many big fancy houses and our main Pride and Joy is the Quinte Mall. But I still think it's a nice looking place. The houses all have their own nice big lawns, we knew all our neighbors growing up, there's nice places to go rollerblading and the like. Would I live there again? I wouldn't be entirely opposed to it, although all of my friends have since moved away, so it would be an entirely different experience.

3. If you had to choose...would you be loud or quiet?

Huh. No middle ground, eh? Again, hard question. I've never been the loudest person in any group of friends, that's for sure. But most of the time I'm not the quietest either. I think that I would choose to be quiet. I love watching people, and I love watching people interact with eachother. I don't know if I'd get as much of a chance to do that if I was loud, I would be the one that people are analyzing.
I don't particularly like to be the one that people are analyzing so I think I'd better just stay away from being the loud person. Besides, I get a kick out of it when the quiet people are just loud all of a sudden out of the blue now and then 'just cause.' I love catching people off guard. I don't think I'd like to give that element of surprise up just to be loud.

4. Since I think it's safe to assume that you do love choir, what do you love most about it? What was your favourite piece to sing?

I love singing under the direction of Dr T (I think that he's a phenomenally talented man and I feel honoured to be in his choir) and I love that choir has introduced all sorts of new folk into my line of vision that weren't there before. It helped cement a place for me at Redeemer when I was thinking of transferring to Calvin after Second Year, and I love the choir community for that. I'm fully aware that choir has an "elitist" image at Redeemer, and I'm terribly saddened that it does. Just like being part of a sports team would have done, choir has introduced me to friends in various years and disciplines at Redeemer, friends that I would never give up now. And I get to sing. I love singing. I love singing with other people that improve my singing.
My current favourite piece to sing is In Virtute tua Domine by Gorczycki. Gorgeous piece, and a lot of fun to sing. I don't know exactly what it is about the piece: it's not particularly the words, and I'm not the most knowledgeable in terms of music theory and all that jazz. I do know that I love the piece and that's enough for me.
Two close seconds: O Vos Omnes: Such a haunting melody and the words almost make me cry with shame. I think it's one of the most powerful pieces I've sung with the choir.
The Lord Gave the Word: I just get a kick out of that song. So much fun to sing, I know all of the melismas in the alto line, and I need something to represent the Messiah in my portfolio of tastes.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world for an extended period of time, where would you go, how would you go there, and why would you stay there for a long time?

England**. I know, not that creative since I've already lived there. But it's beautiful there. The landscape is beautiful, the architecture is beautiful (and if it's not where you are, drive half an hour and it will be there) and there's lots of sheep. I fell quite in love with it whilst there last year, and to be honest, past what I've already listed I can't tell you what it is. I lived in BC for four months as well but I didn't really feel that I was leaving my home behind when I moved back to Ontario. Even the rain and grey skies grew on me while I was there. Nothing makes you appreciate a clear sunny day better than two weeks straight of rain and drizzle, let me tell you.
How would I get there? I'd fly, I think. I'd fly into one of the London Airports, get on a train at Paddington Station, and ride around the country till I got off. I think that's what I'd have to do, because I don't know where in England I'd live. I'd love to go there for an extended period of time to actually not be a 'tourist' or a 'foreigner' anymore. I'd want to get a little flat and a job, and be British for a while. It really is a feeling of accomplishment when you've passed the line from tourist to resident. And plus, it would be so much easier to take off for a weekend to go to Italy or Switzerland if I lived in England. Yep, I think that England would definitely be the place I'd go.

**Just for the record I was very tempted to say Tuscany. But I don't know that I'd want to stick around there for an extended period of time.


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