During a church service a few weeks ago our music director and choir offered the congregation a beautiful rendition of U2’s lullaby, MLK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8lP7ZXe5t4 (maybe we can post their rendition here soon). I cried hearing a song from an “album” that I once played loud enough to wake a neighbor (at a time in my life when cranking music, singing along and operating a circular saw at 2:00am – in the name of art – seemed like a reasonable thing to do) being sung in church. I’ve been humming MLK ever since the service and have even sung the song aloud to friends (I don’t normally sing aloud).
This past Sunday the St. Alban’s choir offered yet another such opportunity for tears when they sang a choral rendition of (my newest hero) Pete Seeger’s “To My Old Brown Earth.” (methinks you will hear this via a Daily Cup later this week – stay tuned!). If you take the time to hear Pete Seeger sing his song and listen to his thoughts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YwKPOgz5o you’ll hear him say:
“Once upon a time wasn’t singing a part of everyday life? As much as talking, physical exercise and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat while another leads into the melody or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher then they also know there is hope for the world.”
Are you singing? If so, to who? What song?