Caro Mio Ben

Learning to Sing

My grandmother, the princess Mescherskaya, after the revolution of 1917 became an opera singer. I never opened my mouth for a single note until

2018, when I somehow found myself at the Rockland Congregational Church choir. There was Poul Whiton, a voice teacher, there and he started to teach me. On these photos, taken with my broken iPhone, I sing a sad Irish song about Molly Malone. I couldn’t hold laughter at the words “cockles and muscles”. I like Irish black humor.

My singing voice happened to be very high soprano, so after Caro Mio Ben we learned Nightingale (Solovey) by Alabiev, Joan Sutherland’s version.

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With a paperwork issue, I found myself in New England instead of “regular” England. Well, another game started. Before things calm down, I stayed in the Rockland Congregational Church and it was one of the best ever times. I got up with nautical twilight and sang loud before the custodian, Rick, comes and turns the lights on. It’s time for me to drive to YMCA for a swim.

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Lena Faber
Author: Lena Faber

Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on TV. In 2009, she moved to South Africa, taught at the university, took up running, and earned a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship in California and, in the meantime, won an international photo contest with following up solo exhibition. In 2014 she "shut the door" and gone hiking the Appalachian Trail, cycling from Chicago to LA (US Route 66), from Maine to Florida, from London to Orkney, etc. Now in MidCoast, Maine.

Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on TV. In 2009, she moved to South Africa, taught at the university, took up running, and earned a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship in California and, in the meantime, won an international photo contest with following up solo exhibition. In 2014 she "shut the door" and gone hiking the Appalachian Trail, cycling from Chicago to LA (US Route 66), from Maine to Florida, from London to Orkney, etc. Now in MidCoast, Maine.