The LonG Game 1985-2019
It seems we are unkillable. A cappella is a fine art, not a pop art. It takes a certain lunatic skill to pull off a show with no net (no band). Either you like challenge or you don’t. In the end, we echo Sondheim: “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, ‘I’m still here.’” There is almost no way to make a good living in a cappella, but on the other hand, audiences support you until one or the other falls over. Unlike rock 'n roll, where it's a good idea to not grow old.
Our center holds, but shifts with the times -- Sheri Izzard moved to Kansas but flies back to L.A. to sing with us. BOL (Baritone of Life) Michael Mishaw does sessions in Nashville. He flies back to sing with us too. Deborah Dietrich teaches kids music at Valley Cats. She raises her daughter and keeps the music level sky high at her church. Shelby Flint sounds as brilliant as ever. I met versatile and generous Jim Gilstrap in ancient days, when he was singing with Stevie's "Wonderlove." Clydene Jackson, an active session singer, still looks and sounds like she’s 35. We don't know how she does it. Bass Bob Joyce keeps us grounded.
Alumni (we never let anyone go) include Alvin Chea, Darlene Koldenhoven, Carmen Twillie, Melissa Mackay, Randy Crenshaw, Sally Stevens, Dori Caymmi, Dorian Holley, Bridget Bryant and engineer Geoff Gillette. They are giants, every one. As for me (Morgan Ames), I moved to the desert with my husband, where we discovered our inner lizards. We love it. I'm writing a book which is already too long. I arrange, write, sing, record, do Protools and Finale. Inner Voices will always be the apple of my eye.
On June 2, 2016, we lost our bright and shining Julie Delgado. Then, unbelievably, in 2019 Donna McAfee died suddenly and then we lost our amazing engineer, Geoff Gilette. I’m not over it, I don't understand it, but we celebrate them with every note we sing.