“Listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song. I will never forget you. I will never forsake you.” -Paramahansa Yogananda
Making music teaches us how to listen, to be in harmony, to be in rhythm, to be an ensemble. Good musicians are good listeners. It is my hope that the practice of music can teach us how to be better listeners when we are not making music and to be in harmony, in sync, in community with each other.
Music-making is not as activity for some people. It is a part of being human, a form of self-expression available to all. For many people, the only singing they do is in the car or in the shower! This month, consider experiencing the joy and challenge of singing and making music with others. Try the singing meditation group on Sunday, February 5th, 10:15-10:45, in the couch room behind the sanctuary. Try the choir on Wednesday nights, 7:15-8:45 or the drum group, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30. Singing in the pews is important too! You don’t need to have the best voice to make a joyful noise. Those around you will appreciate your singing (yes, they will!) and it will encourage them to sing too. When we all sing together as a community, our heart rates and breathing synchronize. This simple activity, singing together, is actually good for our bodies, lifts our spirits, and brings us together.
Some of you tell me you are better at appreciating music than making it, and though I still want to encourage you to make music anyway, we have some good music for you to hear this month. On Friday, Feb. 3rd, Jim Scott will be giving a tribute concert of Pete Seeger’s music at UUFA at 7pm. Jim is talented, well-known UU musician who has worked with the Paul Winter Consort and Pete Seeger. $15 suggested donation. Our Sunday services will feature soloists, our Chalice Choir, BlUUgrass Folks (our own bluegrass band), and Green Flag Band, a Celtic music group.
If you want to get involved in music ministry in other ways at UUFA, being in a ensemble, sharing repertoire, filing music, or working in the sound booth, please reach out to me!
Amber Fetner, Music Director