As much as singing on Zoom feels like talking through a tin-can phone, it's still great fun! “Thank you so much for hosting Secret Choir online … I was stressed out before and now I feel better.” said one singer after our first Zoom sing last month. “It was so much fun to sing together: I missed this.” said another.
Our next Social Sing will be on January 17, a Sunday, at 4:30 p.m., during the weekend when we remember Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Every year during MLK weekend, radio stations play hymns and songs of resistance from the Civil Rights movement. Music is an integral part of movements for social justice, equality and change across the world, across time and in many cultures. Songs, instrumental music and dances, like the high-stepping South African Toyi-Toyi, performed during anti-apartheid protests, serve as a collective heartbeat of a crowd. Their messages can motivate people marching while communicating goals to outsiders listening.
This winter, Secret Choir will feature songs of social change. We shall mine collective memory for songs to inspire and recharge the spirit. [I’ll send out some social context for these songs via email ahead of time so that when you arrive in our Zoom room all you need to do is sing!]
As the global pandemic continues, it is my hope that songs of social change inspire perseverance to live by the values you hold most dear. The Secret Choir will meet this spring through March 2021, on select Sunday afternoons.
Elisabeth C. Swim
Playful Mindful Music Guide