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Making A Joyful Noise

December 23, 2008

Last night was our first group singing experiment at the home of Lyla Haggard, one of our Brava members. There were five of us, and Lyla also sang and accompanied us on the piano. Imagine. A group of visual artists singing together.

We sang a long list of carols and contemporary Christmas songs, then just clowned around with random stuff spontaneously offered up by one and then another group member. When it came time to sing “Blue Christmas” we imitated Elvis, complete with backup. Someone did Santa’s big deep voice in “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

We learned:

  1. that individually we aren’t as good as we like to think we are
  2. that as a group we’re not much better, and
  3. that we don’t care.

The choice of songs ran the gamut from touching to nostalgic to thoroughly silly. The more glasses of wine, the better we thought we sounded.

By the end of the evening we were reminded that it doesn’t matter what we sound like. We were reminded that it’s a joyful thing just to raise our collective voices in song, and touch a place inside that takes us back to our childhoods perhaps, and to times when we felt a secure sense of belonging.

For that I am joyful.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2008 6:27 pm

    The main two ingredients for a good time is being with friends and having fun. By the sounds of it you had both!!

    Merry Christmas Martha!!! xoxo

  2. December 23, 2008 8:06 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too, Joyce! (Joy!!)

  3. December 23, 2008 9:25 pm

    I had a similar experience today. I was just working away making this kind of silly, funky painting. I spit in the wind and just made marks. I kept saying to myself, “Just let it go!” I was reminded that the end result and outcome wasn’t the issue. I was having a blast! That is what is really important, right?

    Martha, I want to wish you and your family a terrific holiday and a tremendous New Year!


  4. December 24, 2008 1:46 am

    Those are the best 3 reasons for singing!

  5. December 24, 2008 4:11 am

    OOOOhh, how absolutely fun!!!

  6. December 24, 2008 8:13 am

    Sheree, you are right about that! And thank you for the holiday wishes. I wish the same for you!

    John, kind of funny, isn’t it? Among the few people we invited, some declined because they said they couldn’t sing. If they heard us, they wouldn’t be one bit afraid to just join right on in!

    Yes ma’am, Dina, it surely was. I hope we can get you in on the next one.

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