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Singing For The Joy Of It

December 8, 2008

After reading an inspiring article in Resurgence about the many benefits of group singing, I have decided I want to start a small a capella group.

The premise is simple. Bring snacks and drinks, get into a circle in someone’s living room, and sing. No performances, no recording.

Group singing and I go way back, and this doesn’t mean that I’m a good singer. It does mean that music and singing have always been a big part of my life. But I drifted away from it over the past several years, and I miss it.

My family was musical. My Dad and his siblings made the most beautiful sound when they gathered around the piano and sang. I sang in church choirs from the time I was a young teenager through my early adulthood. But as my family grew, singing in the church choir became more of a time commitment than I could afford, and you can’t sit with your family when you’re in the choir.

There were few opportunities to participate in singing groups, except for a short time that I belonged to a civic chorus.

So yesterday I first sent out an email to my Brava group to see if there were any takers, and we already have five who want to do it! Now all I have to do is a little research on some songs that would be fun for small group harmony. I’m thinking it will be something very simple to begin with.

I think that if you read the article, you’ll catch the bug too. I double dare you.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 12:29 am

    Sounds like fun Martha.

  2. December 9, 2008 8:07 am

    Martha, what a beautiful idea. No one would want to hear me sing, but I grew up hearing my Dad and his brother Richard sing. I remember the feeling of magic that brought me. Also, Resurgence magazine is wonderful.

  3. December 9, 2008 8:33 am

    What a fabulous idea. I want to join! Ooops, I live too far away, but I’ll be there in spirit.

  4. December 9, 2008 12:02 pm

    Martha- this is a GREAT idea!! I enjoy and appreciate music, instruments and singing more so because I can’t carry a tune. Trust me I can’t. When Kelly (dog) could hear she would howl and this is on lie!!
    I’m glad you are doing something so wonderful for you! Will your group go around caroling in the neighborhood?

  5. December 9, 2008 1:28 pm

    Singing is joyful… I love dancing while singing… or when cleaning house.

  6. December 10, 2008 11:31 am

    John, I think it will be. I was amazed how enthusiastic everybody is about it.

    Robin – I didn’t know about Resurgence until I read the same article reprinted in Ode Magazine (another great one!) I may have to subscribe.

    Melody, we’ll be thinking about you!

    Joyce, I don’t think we’ll go caroling, but we’ll probably sing some Christmas songs just for fun. Everybody is so excited!

    Chewy, you’re right, it is. I think it’s a healing thing too.

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