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How a weekend of singing renewed my faith in humanity

How a weekend of singing renewed my faith in humanity

Singing is one of the central forces of my life. But if you had asked me before the first weekend in January of this year whether a group of 20 people would want to come together for a weekend and sing for six hours a day, even I would have been a little hesitant. And...

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So what IS Vocal Improv, anyway?

So what IS Vocal Improv, anyway?

A quick note from Marion: Today's post is all about Vocal Improv, but first, I want to say that Sing Portland! is here for you in what seems to be a very hard time for us all. Last week's rehearsal was one of our biggest ever, as everyone came together to sing and...

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Why singing is more than just sound

Why singing is more than just sound

When you sing as much as I do, it feels like music and singing underscore every part of your life, physically, emotionally, even spiritually — so much so that I’m always a little shocked when I come across people who write it off as being simply a hobby. But I do...

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What is the actual nature of music, really?

What is the actual nature of music, really?

In 1952, composer John Cage premiered a three movement composition that went on to become one of the most controversial pieces in music history. It was called 4’33” — and it consisted of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. Some in the audience were...

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4 Unexpected benefits of singing

4 Unexpected benefits of singing

I’ve never needed a reason to sing. It’s something that’s such a fundamental part of my life that I couldn’t imagine not doing it! But I know it’s not that way for everybody -- you might need a reason to start singing, especially if you’re new to it. If you’re...

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