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  • A Post-Concert Mixer in Detroit
    A Post-Concert Mixer in Detroit
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  • All we are saying is give peace a chance.
    All we are saying is give peace a...
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  • The Spires, Villanova 1973
    The Spires, Villanova 1973
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    Find a Mentor

    by ExGuyParis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Herbert Fiss was the director of the Villanova Singers during my time at Villanova. He remains to this day one of the most significant influences on my life. His passion for music allowed him to take 80 unruly young men and shape them into a remarkably talented choir. He exposed us to music from many lands, in many languages. He demanded perfection, and was a tough task master, but did it in a way that made you understand that he cared about you.

    There is not one day that passes that I don't think of Mr. Fiss's gift of music. He is the great shaper of the soundtrack of my life.

    I received this e-mail last year:

    "It is with a heavy heart that I write of my grandfather Herbert Fiss's passing this week. Opa, to me (meaning grandfather in German), passed away yesterday, June 23, 2004, of natural causes. He is survived by his daughter Norma Gillespie (my mother), his son Herbert Fiss, Jr., nine grandchildren and upwards of two dozen great-grandchildren. He was 93 and sharp as ever.

    I know what a big role in the Singers' history my grandfather played. I attended the graduation ceremony when he was recognized with his honorary PhD. (I'm sure you know we all had to call him Dr. Fiss after that).

    If you can pass the word along to his former students, I'm sure they would like knowing that Herbert Fiss lived out his life after VU exactly as he always had -- with passion, determination, spirit, precision, and an undying love for the beauty found in music.

    With best regards,

    Paul Gillespie
    Herbert Fiss Student (violin, 1970-1973)"

    Herbert Fiss Directing the Villanova Singers

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    Hang Out in the Dorm

    by ExGuyParis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dorm Life: Two people live in a space about the size of a walk-in closet. I was fortunate to have a roommate who was much more than tolerable.

    Here, a bunch of my friends and I hang out in my dorm room, in what was then called "The New Dorm." It eventially was baptized "Stanford Hall."

    Villanova, Fall Semester, 1971

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    Learn the Alma Mater

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    By Al Dubin and Joseph Burke

    The two men responsible for Villanova's Alma Mater have a pretty impressive songbook, including works such as I Only Have Eyes for You, We're in the Money, Forty-Second Street, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, the Academy Award winning Lullaby of Broadway, and the infamous Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me.

    The Villanova Alma Mater

    When the twilight shadows gather
    Out upon the Campus green,
    When the blue and purple night
    Comes stealing on the scene
    Loyal heirs of Villanova
    Sing a hymn of praise
    To our dear old ALMA MATER
    And our College days.

    Villanova, Villanova
    When we leave your shelt'ring walls,
    We shall leave an echo ringing
    Through your treasured halls
    We will leave an echo ringing
    In the silent night
    While our memories are singing
    Of the Blue and White

    When the last big game is over
    And the last roll call is heard
    When the oldest pedagogue
    Has had his final word
    We shall come to ALMA MATER
    In our dreams again
    With prayer for Villanova
    And a sweet amen.

    Veal, anova, Veal, anova...

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    Sin

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    Seated, left to right; Patti, Mary.

    Two things are very wrong in this picture.

    1. There is a female in our dorm room. This was a huge "thou shalt not" when I was at Villanova. Females were NEVER allowed in a guy's room, and vice versa. We obviously thought that was a very stupid rule.

    2. The second very bad thing... two rocking chairs we "borrowed" from the porch of the convent at nearby Rosemont College. (We eventually returned them. Catholic guilt is a powerful force.)

    Oh, we were bad!

    Here's What We Think of Parietals!

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    Listen to Great Music

    by ExGuyParis Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Probably anyone of any age feels the same way, but I think there was a lot of outstanding music during my senior year. A few stand-outs:

    Angie
    Bad Bad Leroy Brown
    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    Break Up to Make Up
    Carry On
    Daniel
    Drift Away
    Walk on the Wild Side
    Touch Me In the Morning
    Smoke on the Water
    We're an American Band
    Midnight train to Georgia
    Ramblin’ Man
    Dueling Banjos
    Give Me Love - Give Me Peace on Earth
    Good Morning, Heartache
    Hello It's Me
    I Got a Name
    Jungle Boogie
    Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)
    Killing Me Softly With His Song
    Layla
    Let's Get It On
    Living for the City
    Love Train
    Love's Theme
    Midnight Train to Georgia
    Morning Has Broken
    My Love
    One of a Kind (Love Affair)
    Peaceful Easy Feeling
    Rocket Man
    Sail Away
    Space Oddity
    The Cover of "Rolling Stone"
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    The Joker
    The Right Thing To Do
    The Way We Were
    Knocking on Heaven's Door
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    I Shot The Sheriff
    Will It Go 'Round in Circles
    Until You Come Back to Me
    Yes We Can Can
    You’re So Vain

    Yes We Can Can!
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    Mix

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    The Villanova Singers often paired with a girls' choir at a Catholic girls' college. Each choir would perform separately, and then they would pair for a few major numbers. Singing was always fun, and so were the social events after the concerts. Here, a scene from a "mixer" after a concert in Detroit.

    A Post-Concert Mixer in Detroit

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    Have a Picnic

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 6, 2005

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    Why are so many of my finest memories associated with an event at which a keg was present? The Villanova Singers offered many such events.

    Here, brothers Stan & Dave, plus Ted, along with Ted's wonderful Bryn Mawr girl friend-- all very cool people.

    Amazingly, I've just reconnected with Stan and Dave, after a lapse of 32 years; the wonders of the Internet never cease to boggle my mind.

    Villanova Very Cool People

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    Road Trip Again!

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    So if a boring weekend is on the horizon, make a decision to do something radical... pile a bunch of friends into a bunch of cars, nab some tents, and drive to Niagara Falls.

    One of my life's most amazing experiences happened on this camping trip. When I walked out of my tent at dawn the first morning, there were thousands of worms suspended above the ground, hanging from trees on silken threads. It was one of the weirdest, must surreal things I've ever seen (or walked through).

    Slowly I turned, step by step...
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    Road Trip !

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    The summer of Junior year, I flew to Seattle with two friends, and then we drove across the country back to Villanova (in a VW bug!), What a great experience! It was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon... and days of corn (it seemed) in Kansas.

    Whoa... was I ever really that thin?

    Look for America

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    Go On Tour

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Periodically, the Villanova Singers would pile onto busses and hit the road. We typically sang at Catholic Girls' Colleges, in Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburg, NYC, Boston... I have many fond memories of the concerts and the social aspects involved. A number of my singer friends are still married to those sweet women they met on the road!

    One of my fondest tour memories: our director got "snowed out" of a concert. We were already in Chicago, but he got snowed in in Philadelphia. After a lot of "Now what the hell do we do" discussions, I ended up directing the choir during our concert. What a rush... moving your arms and hands, and having 80 powerful voices follow your motions.

    Laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces

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    Discover Talent

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    There is a train station on the Villanova campus. In about 30 minutes, you can be in Philadelphia and enjoy all the cultural events the city offers. This is a program from a recital at the Academy of Music. A young tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, was rather impressive!

    The Academy of music began its life as an opera house, then served as home to the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years. It now is home for the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

    Pavarotti, Younger & Thinner

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    Party Like A Fool

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    July 2, 1972-- the morning after the first annual July Fools' Party. My great friend Ippi had this party at his parents' home in West Orange, NJ. This shot is from the backyard of this house (even though it looks like we are in some wonderful wilderness!).

    This tradition has continued for decades, with just a few interruptions (The 29th July Fools' Party takes place in July 2005). Now there are several generations that participate. There is always a good number of Villanova Singers there, plus a lot of beer... so the music always gets better as the day goes on!

    There's no fool like a July Fool

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    Use Your Talent

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    The joy of making music is hard to put into words. The sensation of singing with very talented singers and musicians is a peak experience. It is that concept of "flow."

    I had the privilege of singing with Bill Grabowski as a Singer and Spire. He would go on to write music (ranging from masses to songs with Bon Jovi) and produce a variety of musical acts. He is a great talent and one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

    Guitar Men

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    Commune

    by ExGuyParis Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Villanova offers a variety of contrary options. Philadelphia is a short trip. Valley Forge Park is nearby. Adjacent towns such as Wayne offer a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, and movie theaters.

    Here, we commune with nature and each other. Communing sometimes works: the Immaculata girl and her Villanova guy have been married now for years.

    Can You Picnic?

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    Be A Clown

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    One of the Villanova Singers... I can't remember, but I imagine this was taken around the end of October.

    Now if there's a smile on my face
    it's only there tryin' to fool the public
    but when it comes down to foolin' you;
    Now honey, that's quite a different subject

    But don't let my glad expression
    give you the wrong impression
    Really I'm sad
    I'm sadder than sad
    You're gone and I'm hurtin' so bad
    Like a clown I pretend to be glad

    Now there's some sad things known to man
    but ain't too much sadder than
    the tears of a clown
    when there's no one around

    Be A Clown, be a clown, be a clown

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