It would be the understatement of the year to say that things have been a little dissonant lately. We’re constantly surrounded by news that goes from bad to worse; huge, much needed cultural upheavals that can leave us feeling raw; and the general sense of frustration at the sheer level of craziness that seems to be going on in the world.

In the face of all of this conflict, this frustration, this pain, I long for peace. Viscerally in my body, deep down in my soul.

And so I sing.

Not to “fix” anything. Not because it’s going to immediately solve any problems. But because it feeds the soul. Because it’s one of the most fundamentally human things you can do, and when you’re feeling all over the place, sometimes you need to come back to some basic humanity. And because it’s a beautiful reminder of harmony.

Couldn’t we all use a little more harmony in our lives?

Notice that I’m saying harmony, not conformity. As beautiful as one note is, it’s just one note. Powerful and pure, but still alone. Harmony is something else entirely; something bigger and stronger; something that’s more than the sum of its parts.

(Kind of like us.)

There’s a beauty in the interplay of dissonance and consonance that reminds us all of just how important are differences are, and that they’re not something to be “overcome” or standardized, but rather, something to be celebrated. When we fight our differences, all we get is discord — think about the sound that comes out when you bang your hands down on a piano keyboard. But when we celebrate them, use them, let them play together, there’s nothing we can’t create. Nothing we can’t heal. Nothing we can’t figure out together.

That’s why in the spirit of celebrating harmony, standing up for peace, and feeding our souls, I’m holding a free Singing Summit on June 4th, 5th, and 6th — and I’d love for you to join me.

Let’s send the message loud and clear to the world that while we’re hurting, we haven’t lost hope. Or if you’re not in the space to be thinking about the big picture (and honestly, who could blame you?) just come to sing for more peace in your own heart and home.

It’s totally free. It’s open to absolutely everyone. And I really, really want you to come.

If you’ve ever been curious about what singing with Sing Portland! is like and want to try it out in an extra welcoming event, this is for you.

Monday June 4th – Cedarwood School, 3030 SE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Tuesday June 5th – The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Wednesday June 6th – Bothmer Hall, 5915 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97206

All Singing Summits are from 7-9pm. It’s a free event, but sign up is required.

I hope to see you there!