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 understand how, particularly in light of the fear, violence, and seemingly endless escalation of panic-inducing news, it becomes easy to think that things like music are the frills on life. A “nice to have”. The simple little hobby that makes people feel good, but doesn’t do much else.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Singing together is one of the most natural things that we as humans can do — but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. To come together to create music, you have to have a group of people who are willing to open up, to work together, to take turns being leaders and followers, and to value the people around them so much so that they’re hanging on each others’ every breaths.
It brings us together in ways that we very rarely experience in our society. It provides an outlet for all the emotions we so naturally feel as humans, but often have trouble recognizing, much less expressing. It lifts us up when we’re laid low by tragedy, and it gives us a way to fully experience the beauty of coming together in service of something greater than ourselves.
It’s about trust. It’s about vulnerability. And it’s about the deep, ancient power of music as a force for bringing us together in joy and in tragedy, for infusing the beauty of human connection into our daily life.
I think this quote from Rhiannon says it best:
“To create across boundaries and form requires the right combination of willing souls with the same intention, and time and space to work out the kinks …
This is collaboration as prayer. All of us lead and all of us follow. No one makes choices that would shake the foundation. We want our partners to shine. Generosity is the goal. Trusting these other humans across all boundaries. All that is left is a fragile, powerful, potent adventure. May it always be so.”
May it always be so for you, for me, for all of us.
PS: I’d love for you to join us at Sing Portland! in our own powerful, potent adventure! Click here to find out how you can sing with us.