Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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On the Short List

News Flash: It seems I am a finalist in a little contest the Chicago Tribune is conducting. Let me lay it out for you. For the 10th consecutive year, Trib columnists Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich are organizing a one-night-only Christmas carol concert, with the proceeds going to Tribune charities. I herewith quote Eric Zorn in describing the contest:

“…One carol we always do is “Angels We Have Heard on High.” And by tradition we begin with a solo, a cappella voice on the first “Gloria, in excelsis deo.” Sometimes it’s a member of our fabulous cast who does the honor. Sometimes it’s a special guest.

But this year, as in 2002, we want Gloria to be a reader. For stage one of the selection process, we’re asking you to send in an essay of 300 words or less explaining why you are the ideal man or woman to sing the “Gloria” this year (you may also nominate a willing acquaintance).

The essay should focus not so much on your talent as what you might bring to the song or bring to the moment. Your plea should make us laugh, cry, think or even seethe.

We’ll pick a small group of finalists and, for stage two, bring them down to the Tribune for the “Cheerful Idol” portion of the contest. Then we’ll post your vocal audition and your essay online and ask readers to vote on who should be Gloria this year…”

I received an email on Friday from Mr. Zorn, advising me of my finalist status. Sometime soon, probably right after I get back from Thanksgiving vacation, they want me to come over to the Tribune Tower and record my video. So even though I haven’t won anything yet, I’m sure that those of you who know me are highly impressed that I was able to actually write something less than 300 words in length. I’m not going to run my essay in this space just yet, since I figure I ought to allow the Trib to publish it first, but I’ll run it here real soon.

The concert will take place in the 1,400 seat Harris Theatre in Millennium Park near the lakefront. The show is already sold out, so it should be a good time.

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