May 28, 2013

Who Could Ask For Anything More?

I woke up this morning with that fabulous old standard in my head - "I've got rhythm, I've got music, I've got sweet dreams - who could ask for anything more?"

The reason that particular song was in my head was because at our Sing YourSelf Vocal Improv night we ended swirling sqiggles around the themes in that song.  We had an incredible jam last night; a brilliant sense of play, and interplay.  Some gorgeous creativity and spontenaity.  Some boldness.  Much laughter.

At the end of the evening, with the fading light setting aglow the sanctuary at the church we are privileged to sing in (perfect acoustics!), those of us gathered really wondered - we had rhythm, we had music, we had girlfriends, who needed anything more?

Side note - we did NOT have any men, as so frequently happens when people get together to sing.  WHY WHY WHY??  How can we encourage more men - in choirs as well as in playful music?  We have a couple of men who do show up faithfully but they are always outnumbered, sometimes 25 to 1.  What man wouldn't love those odds?

So today, with the sun shining through my window, I am filled with a pure joy and contentment.  My day, unstructured, lies ahead filled with the promise of laundry and housework, and I am at peace and happy.

This post is a bit of a ramble - my head this morning is a rabbit warren of loosely connected trails of thought.  But my overwhelming sense is that the world needs more JOY.  More PLAY.  More rhythm, more music.

So I'll leave you with an image my brother shared on his recent visit.  He had been to a party in Toronto where he lives - many people at the party were connected with the arts and choirs in particular.  At some point in the evening my brother and another guy started playing guitars and enjoying playing and singing together in one room of the house.  During the course of the evening, various other people would come and go, adding their voices in harmonies or counterpoint as they happened to walk through the room - or stayed and sang a bit.  My brother said it gave him shivers - it obviously gave him a powerful sense of joy and community.

I love that picture, not only because of my brother, but because it is an example of what community should be like. 

Who could ask for anything more?

 

From Diana on May 28, 2013 4:47 PM

A great sing last night, indeed.  I would drive out from Calgary for an evening like that ANYTIME!  Thanks, all!

From Diana on May 28, 2013 4:47 PM

A great sing last night, indeed.  I would drive out from Calgary for an evening like that ANYTIME!  Thanks, all!
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