The Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir performed a concert in Albuquerque last night, and we had another one planned for tonight, so today we spent most of the day sightseeing. I got to the church around 9:00 and we set off for Santa Fe. After a short bus ride, we arrived at the New Mexico capital building and went in to see the rotunda and the Senate chamber. It turns out that the Senate was set to start their first session of the year at 11:00, so Doc let us stay to see it begin. What we didn’t find out until a little while later is that he also wandered off and somehow secured permission for us to sing The Star Spangled Banner from the gallery as a part of the official opening ceremony. We had to wait for a while because the session didn’t really convene until 12:10, but when the time finally came we said the pledge of allegiance with all of the New Mexico senators and then sang the national anthem to kick off the first session of the 50th New Mexico Legislature.
After that, we went out to the Santa Fe town plaza and wandered through a few of the shops. We also got to explore the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. They have holy water there, but it didn’t really feel that holy. My friend Robert and I dipped our fingers in and made the sign of the cross anyway because that’s what you’re supposed to do with it. From there, we went back to Albuquerque and stopped at Christ the King Anglican Church to set up for our concert. As it turns out, that’s Fernando Ortega’s church. Yes, the famous Fernando Ortega. He came to our concert and listened to us sing, and in my opinion it was one of our best performances yet.
On top of all that, today is Saint Patrick’s Day, also known to some as my little brother’s birthday, so I called him while the choir was getting ready in our dressing room and they were all kind enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to him with me. He really enjoyed it, and I was glad that I could still give him a gift from so far away. All things considered, this was pretty much one of the most memorable days of my life. I got to sing for the New Mexico Senate, Fernando Ortega’s church, and my little brother’s birthday all in one day, and I also got to eat cheesecake. It doesn’t get much better than that.