We need to be singing now more than ever. Singing together. You may have seen our new Conspirare tag line, “We Sing Life.” I suggested it because I’ve learned, from an amazing array of experiences working in the middle of people’s singing, how powerfully music, and especially singing, can be a wonderful conduit for the living and expression of all that we are experiencing on our human journeys. I love Brian Eno’s simple and powerful statement, I believe in singing. This singing that we all do together is beautifully a way to express that we are here, that life is moving in us. Many of you know how I love to quote Bernice Johnson Reagon (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock). She said, “When we sing, we declare our existence.”
We are putting out the call to people to return to singing together. Just making sounds and declaring what is wanting to express itself through us. Coming together. Breathing deep in our bodies, laughing and lamenting through song. Many voices from throughout the culture are hearkening us back to singing. Here are just a couple of examples recently—one from Brian Eno and another from Kathleen Parker.
I hope you will enjoy the columns below, share your own experience in the comments section, and come out to sing with me at the Big Sing on November 17 at 6 pm at First Baptist Church.
We Sing Life—