September 04, 2013

New Tricks

We had a fantastic start to our choir season last night.  I was so buzzed on adrenaline that I didn't sleep much.

It was the first day of school for my children yesterday as well, so having gotten through the excitement and chaos of that, I got myself off to choir.  What a night!

We had a great turnout with many new faces, and some old friends who had taken some time away now returning.  We had a wonderful energy and joy in the singing.  We made some gorgeous music in an incredible acoustic space and there was definitely a sense of wonder in some of the faces.  If we sound this good on Day One, imagine what we'll sound like when we actually know the music!?

One of my favourite things of all is when adults sing and create music - either having done those things in their youth then "lost" it, or never having made much music before.  I love the bravery and the sense of adventure that comes with new musical experience, especially in the retirement ages.  Last night at our first rehearsal there were a number of people who came with that background, and they came for community.  I'm so pleased to be a part of a choir that can foster both musical encouragement and community.

It is sad to me though, that so much of life is spent NOT making music.  These wonderful friends are coming back to music, or coming for the first time as adults.  It's a common story - perhaps once active in music (or wanting to be), the cares of life, career, family, mortgage, you-name-it - squeezed the music time out of the days, then weeks, then months. 

This dearth of music-making time is made worse through the technologies to which our culture is addicted - TV, computers, devices.  These are not bad things in and of themselves - but what effect are they having?  This is a huge concern of mine as my children grow.  There is so much to experience!  To create!  And so my heart explodes with joy when adults and older adults decide to stretch out and try new musical paths. 

On a slightly related note, here is an article recently shared by a friend about music and post-secondary education.  I encourage you to have a read through, especially if you have any creative children or youth in your life.

In the meantime, I assure you that it is not too late to jump into a choir or a community band - dust off that clarinet / saxophone / tuba.... VOICE!  It's in you to be heard.

Warmly, with a great anticipation of song.


From Diana on September 05, 2013 12:15 PM

That was a great article you linked.  
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