Why join a choir?
Many reasons really. My primary reason was because it's fun and my boys weren't supportive of me singing at home. I also hoped to improve my breathing when speaking in public and perhaps to feel a little more confident about how to sing.
But I've gained so much more. I've learned to make sour dough bread. I've been part of a local fruit and vegie swap. I've learned about ways to reduce my 'footprint' while still living in an urban environment.
And I've made many friends and feel so much more part of my community.
We sing songs in many languages from many eras. Some we love more than others, in fact some we'd like to quietly remove from our repertoire, or at least slip to the back of the folder until they disintegrate ...
One thing I had no plans to do was perform in public. Never. Not once. But even that's great fun, now I've survived the first few. There's an energy in performing for an audience that lifts every public performance.
It's been said that there is little to beat being in a community choir when it comes to lifting your spirits, and I gotta say I get it. It's amazing.