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Published: Friday, July 1 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I recently retired from the Choir but I was still there when you sang with us. It was great fun and a real delight to have you there. It's a little known fact that we're not at all stodgy once you get to know us!

When you put on that bright red Phillies cap my eyesight is poor enough that I thought it was a "U" cap and I was wondering if you had taken leave of your senses! [Yes, the rivalry is alive and well even among members of the Tabernacle Choir.]

I, too, got a kick out of Mack's insistence on perfection for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Several of us had a private chuckle when, in demonstrating the text, he inadvertently stopped on an unfortunate word and left it at "buy me some peanuts and crack." [Whoa, you wouldn't want them selling THAT at the ball game.]

Mack will never let anything be other than the best it can be and we love him for it. Thanks for helping publicize the tour!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I cut my teeth on a radio copy of the Mo Tab's "Songs of the North and South," which includes the "Battle Hymn." Mamma was a little girl when it originally was released during the war. It was incredibly recieved, and to this day, I still prefer the choir with organ only. That's just the only way that anthem should be heard!

In those days we didn't know what a mormon was, but we knew they had America's choir!

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

No fair, Vai! Singing with the Mo. Tab is on MY bucket list item; not yours!! Enjoyed the background info about your most recent experience and the '03 visit to Philly. But, one glaring ommission, my friend. What section did you sing in: bass, baritone or tenor, and did they teach you what a "dip-thong" is? I'm still trying to figure that one out! How true about your ending of how fortunate we are to live in such a tremendous country, even a promised land!!

Dillon, CO

Vai - what a great life you have been blessed with and what a great example to all of us.

May the Lord continue to bless you in your efforts.

From an old Cougar

newhall, CA

Maybe it's just me, but I'm a little bit tired of Vai this and Vai that. Almost seems like he's campaigning for a spot on the all general authority team. Enough already.

Colonia, Yap, FSM

Loved the article. A true tribute to the greatness of the Tabernacle Choir and all that is great in America.

Toronto, Ontario

Sounds like a real fun occasion. I have been one of the choir's most loyal fans for many years. Each time the choir goes on tour, I wonder if they include at least one presentation of "Music and the Spoken Word" in their schedule.


"I had suggested that since the choir was visiting Major League cities like Philly, Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston and New York,"
The Choir visited Chautaugua NY which dose not have a have a baseball time , with a population of only 4500-5000 people i do not think it could be called a major league city. It is as far away from New york city as you can get, it is about a 10 hour drive from NY city

Pleasant Grove, UT

Re: sg From Newhall, Ca.

I think it is just you. Judging from the other posts, Vai's view is wildly popular with his readers. Perhaps you were grumpy after a long week, and that you wrote it after 1:00 am. An easy fix would be to avoid his future entries.

There are over 150 million public blogs available online. I never miss one of his contributions. I find them insightful, entertaining, and inspiring.

Spanish Fork, UT

re sg
"Maybe it's just me, but I'm a little bit tired of Vai this and Vai that."

I respect your opinion, but I must offer an opposing view. I love his perspective. He lives in a world that most of us do not; it is nice to see how things shake in that world. And after all, the column is called Vai's View. Please keep it coming DNews.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

re: sg- "Maybe it's just me, but I'm a little bit tired of Vai this and Vai that."

Um, how about stop reading his blogs, then! Vai's doing nothing else than what the DN paper exec's have asked him to do. I haven't agreed with all that he's written about, and have voiced my opinion/reaction to those articles. However, you are clearly in the minority. So, next time you see his weekly article pop up, kindly avoid reading it if that's what you think.

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