Blog Entry

Feb 20, 2011

Hello From Brother Nathan

Brother Nathan talks about the first Brother Act rehearsal, and how it felt to hear some of the songs coming together for the first time, and how he loves the internet and all it has to offer.
Posted by: brotheract
ello everyone! Isn't this stuff exciting? I've been told that if I type what I want to say, then push the right buttons in the right order, people at home will be able to read what I've written. Amazing!

I'm very new to all this technology. Living most of my life in sequestered circumstances, this sort of thing has passed me by. One of the silver linings of not living at the monastery any more is that I'm learning all sorts of new things that I'd never come across before. My eyes have never been so opened! Well, not since that time I was walking past the refectory, and saw Brother Simeon on his knees in front of the Abbott. It seems that the Abbott had lost a contact lens, and had eaten too much cake to be able to bend over, so Br Simeon was helping him out, but I wasn't to know that at the time!

I think I could easily get used to some of the things I'm learning about. There's a thing called YouTube that I've been spending a lot of time visiting. The best thing about it is, unlike the kitchen gardens, you can visit it any time you like, without ever having to go outside! A perfect Godsend when it's raining. 

I've discovered a remarkable young woman called Beyonce, who, as far as I can tell, has never been married, at least not according to the film I've been watching about her life. It seems that she wants to be though, as she keeps telling her young man that she wants him to give her a ring. 

She can move her body in ways that the Abbott would never approve of, but as he's not here, I've been trying to copy what she does. I'm not sure my body was designed to move in the same ways as hers can, but I'm getting pretty close!

I'm really hoping we can get some of our own stuff on YouTube very soon.  Watch this space.

A couple of days ago, I got together with Brother Ian and Brother Jem, and we started rehearsing in earnest for our show. 

We've been talking about it for a few weeks, and throwing ideas around about what would make for a good show, but it was wonderful to actually get down to doing something concrete. 

Brother Jem is our pianist, and we started with him taking us through the harmonies for three of the songs that will be in the act. As we got used to it all, a really nice blend of our voices crept through, and I think we all started to get quite excited!

I've always been really thrilled by human voices singing in close harmony. There's a beauty about the sound that far outweighs the sum of the individual parts. I love nothing more than sitting in a room with a piano, and learning stuff like this, and hearing it become something wonderful. I can think of no better way to spend the day!

One very exciting moment for me was hearing a song that I have written myself coming to life. I wasn't sure if it was going to be any good, although the other Brothers assured me that they liked it. (you never know if people are just being indulgent and kind, though, do you?) when I heard us all singing it together, it made me a very happy monk indeed. I can't wait for you all to hear it too!

Brother Ian and I then went away to work on some dancing. I started teaching him some of my new friend Beyonce's moves, and he picked them up really quickly. I think we might have a latent pop star in there somewhere!

So we're well on the way. 

We've all got loads of homework to do, and we're meeting again next week to get on with more fun things. 

I've rambled on long enough!  I must dash - I want to try to write another song!

Lots of love,
Brother Nathan