Notes and Reflections from our Thursday Night Sing

A group of women come together to sing each Thursday night at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. These are our notes and reflections.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Wailin' Jennys

Hi Ladies,

"One Song" is a lovely tune performed by The Wailin' Jennys.
We'll try it next week!
I also included two other performances of theirs, for your enjoyment...

One Voice by The Wailin' Jennys

Bring Me A Li'l' Water Sylvy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

3 Part Harmony!!!

Hi ladies,

Pat yourselves on the back for a wonderful night of three-part harmony last week!!! Fantastic work. It was really fun figuring out how to switch parts, build on the existing harmony, and feel confident with the melody.

So, we are getting the 1 3 5 harmony concept!

Here is Shenandoah with some lovely harmonies:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Que Sera Sera!

Hi Ladies,

Thanks so much for a wonderful night last Thursday. Please let me know if there are specific things you want to spend more time on. I plan to focus on harmony, protecting our voices, 1 improv exercise a week, and lots of singing.

Here are some beautiful versions of some songs in our songbook:

Que Sera Sera/Pink Martini

We Are/Sweet Honey in the Rock

On Children/Sweet Honey in the Rock

Wade in the Water/Sweet Honey in the Rock

Lift Every Voice and Sing/Chicago Children's Choir

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Year of Singing in Community

Happy New Year, Ladies.

Last year my life was filled with loss and grief, and one of the things that helped me most was singing. So, as I set an intention for our next singing circle session, I'd like to offer as many ways as I can to give each of you the confidence and inspiration to bring music into your own community. We live in a world filled with media, with easy ways to listen passively to music, or to sing along to a recording, but we need more circles of singing. Even as a professional musician I question my place to step up with a song, and yet, each time I find the courage to share a song, it is always met with appreciation and thanks.
Here's the song I'm sharing today, and I'm asking each of us to share a song with someone. It might be a child, a friend, or a stranger. It doesn't need to be sung perfectly, it just needs to be shared with an open, joyful heart.
It was wonderful to hear about members of our singing circle leading songs in their own communities over the holidays. May we sing more & often!!!

Much Love,