EnChantMent! Singing Group Invites You to Come Out and Play
I’ll be leading a new four-week session this fall and would love to have you join us.
DATES: Four Thursday eves 2009: Nov. 19 (none 26th); Dec. 3, 10, 17.
**Note dates have been pushed back one week from original plan due to illness**
TIME: 6:30~8:30 PM
LED BY: Tina Fields
PLACE: TreeGirl Studios, 479 Florence Ave., Sebastopol CA 95472 (at Hwy 116N, behind Peter Lowell’s. Please park on street.)
OFFERING: $30-60 sliding scale for the series. Nobody turned away for lack of funds: barter happily considered.
CONTACT / RSVP: (707) 824-9318 or tfields8 at yahoo dot com
Pete Seeger exhorted people to “make your own music… if you would save your soul.” I invite you to join your voice with others who like to sing – for joy, spiritual uplift, community building, activist oomph, or just plain fun.
The emphasis is on the group’s collective act of singing, not on finished product or individual solos. We break away from the performer/audience split so prevalent today. Simple percussion is the only accompaniment. You do not need to know how to read music as we’ll be learning the tunes by ear, and you are welcome even if you think you “can’t sing.” The point is to have fun together. We will follow the joyful rule invented by the great songleader Doug von Koss: this group sings in a Perfection-Free Zone.
We will mainly sing simple repetitive chants and rounds from various spiritual traditions across the world. We can also play with working songs such as sea chanties, folk songs from America and the British Isles, goofy kids’ songs, lullabies and other trance-inducing songs, African part-songs in harmony, and protest songs both old and new. Lyrics are provided. In addition, if you have favorite songs you’d like to bring to the group, they will be very welcome. It is a lot of fun. Even though it’s scheduled after a long day of work, I’m always amazed at how rejuvenated we feel afterwards. Singing together feels like a dip in a refreshing pool.
Participants will also develop practical skills in music, gaining more control over, and confidence in, their singing voices. To that end, we’ll do warmups that help extend our vocal range, and play with elements of a-capella sound production such as breathing techniques, rhythm, tone, mouth formation, dynamics of volume, and harmony.
Here are some statements from previous participants in my singing groups and sessions:
- “You rekindled my love of singing–which I haven’t felt in years.”
- “That was not only the First Glimpse I’ve had into using voice and instrument (and voice as instrument) but you made it terrific fun!”
- “I am continually impressed by how rich and versatile your voice is; you can take it to so many different places, all wonderful — to say nothing of your whacky sense of humor.”
- “What a joyful sense of community you brought to our gathering.”
Please feel free to pass this announcement on to anyone you think might be interested or in need of more homemade joy in her/his life.
Hope to make beautiful music with you soon.