…assuming they would have me (or by some miracle I wasn’t cut during an audition)!
When I was a kid, my Mom made my brother and me join our church’s Jr. Choir. Mrs. Craig, the Choir director, probably gained her sainthood while trying to make something out of us elementary boys. As a child, I really had no appreciation for singing. Sure, I liked music, but I didn’t have the pipes or the know-how to make my kind of music (or at least the kind I wanted to listen to). In those days, my churched peers and I spent many Sunday afternoons practicing and learning songs that we would eventually sing to congregation members of our church. Practices seemed like torture by boredom intermixed with prolonged lessons about self-control (specifically how to least annoy our beloved Choir director).
Was I talented? Nope. Have I acquired more vocal talent since then? Not even close. I know I can sing better than some folks, but I’m realistic… meaning I have no delusions of ever getting a recording contract. Even so, I love music. I listen to plenty of it, sing it in the shower (or in the car), google to contemplate lyrics, read about it in books, and enjoy finding out useless trivia behind the tunes (usually from artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, or managers). BTW, does anyone know what happened to Pop-Up Video anyway? I used to love that show.
So when I happened upon a video of Choir!Choir!Choir! I thought, “This is a choir I so want to join.” Watching the video, these people look like they’re having fun, singing their hearts out to some of my favorite songs (Isn’t this the coolest Sloan cover?). And they’re enjoying beer while doing it… that’s my kind of choir! It’s too bad I don’t enjoy beer… but I do like the occasional glass of wine. Enjoying wine while singing old pop songs? Even better!
A couple of my co-workers have mentioned how easily they get sucked into the show Glee. If you know me, you know I seldom have time for TV (mostly because of my dedication to the Purple Prison), but I have seen parts of Glee episodes to know their appeal. Popular songs as old as my generation, arranged with a fresh harmonies, and performed by vibrant youth pretty much equals ear candy. What’s not to like?
Unfortunately, I won’t be auditioning for Choir!Choir!Choir! because they meet in Toronto (which is only a stone’s through from Calgary, if you happen to be Superman. All 3235 km). From what I can tell, you pretty much pester the leader on facebook, bring $5 each week, and show up ready to sing. A singing hack like me might even get in, eventually. I like how this article indicates this choir has ” solidified a reputation as the best damn no-commitment choir in the city.”
One of their two facebook sites says “Choir! Choir! Choir! is a singing group based in Toronto. Since February of 2011, they have been throwing down and saving lives.” I’m not exactly sure how they’re saving lives. From what I know, Jesus Saves. Conversely, I suspect Choir!Cubed (my nickname, not theirs) might save people from boredom on a weeknight, or from going crazy when lacking an outlet for expression, but these folks don’t seem to be teaching CPR, First Aid, or Lifeguarding.
All the same, I think that the Choir!Cubed brings its members, audience, and random listeners into community. And couldn’t we all use a little more community–spending time together, friends and strangers, sharing each others company, singing (or listening) together to songs that bring smiles to our faces? I think it’s why that Cheers intro always tugs on our hearts… “Where everybody knows your name…”
While I was writing this post, it reminded me of an old favorite song that pretty much sums it up. Sing for the Melody by Sweet Comfort Band “Everybody sing for the Melody, Everybody sing it in Harmony…”
Learn more about Choir!Choir!Choir! here…
blogTO – An informative article about the Choir!Choir!Choir!
http://soundcloud.com/choir-choir-choir – listen to songs recorded by Choir!Choir!Choir!
http://www.choirchoirchoir.com/ – not much here… make sure to scroll left. Way left.