Trapped in a tenor's body
Second week of chorale class, prof all of a sudden moves me to the bass section. I squawked. Loudly (and in a tenor pitch). I can't hit anything below a D below middle C consistently, basses have parts going to F in the next octave. "Well," he said, "I need basses, and you need work on your bass clef reading." Touche. Interestingly, he'd forgotten this all a few weeks later, and asked me how I liked things in the tenor section. I reminded him of our conversation, he said, "Oh yeah, that sounds familiar." Sigh.
My range is dropping a bit, though, and Bs and Cs are coming a little easier. I still feel silly, though, singing all these notes I can't hit.