One of my goals for 2017 was to try new things and a couple of weeks ago I sang in public for the first time since probably middle school – Mr. Robertson’s (Robinson’s?) music class to be exact where I think he scared most of his students away from singing ever again. At the start of each year he made everyone memorize a song and stand up and sing solo in front of our classmates to determine what type of singer they were – Soprano, Alto or Tenor, etc. In grade eight that song was ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’ which is rather difficult (Mr. Robertson was rather odd – he also made us listen to one of the Beatles’ LP’s backwards to listen to the hidden secret messages that said that Paul was dead). Anyways, I digress.
Choir! Choir! Choir! is an un-traditional choir that is based here in Toronto, where instead of having a regular group of members they invite anyone to attend and sing the song of that day. They spend a couple of hours rehearsing a song, and then everyone sings it together and it’s recorded. Some of the recordings have gone viral including their rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ with Rufus Wainright for 2016’s Luminato Festival in Toronto. My friend Lindsey has sung with them on numerous occasions and she invited me and a couple of friends to join her on February 6th in support of the ACLU.
If you heard anything about the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, you may have heard of MILCK. She performed her song “Quiet” with a group of strangers during the march, and the video of it went viral. The guys at Choir!Choir!Choir! invited her to Toronto to sing the song with the group, and this is the result:
The experience of singing in such a large group was really neat, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t hesitate to attend another Choir!Choir!Choir! event in future – even one that isn’t for such a great cause. Also, if you look VERY closely you can catch tiny glimpses of me at 1:37 and 4:24 – not that I watched the video repeatedly to see if I could spot myself or anything . . . 🙂