Things MusicMay 1, 2017
UUCS Represented with Music at Local Community Event
The UUCS Adult Choir recently sang at the closing ceremonies of “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light.” The evening event, held at the South Converse Street Park, also included musical selections by the Mount Moriah Baptist Men’s Choir.
During 2015 Spartanburg was selected as one of four urban areas to participate in the nationwide project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropy. The art project was designed to bring neighborhoods together through artistic light installations throughout the city. The program demonstrates how art and artists can be an inspiration in promoting good will and community-building between law enforcement and the residents
April 2017 Things MusicApril 1, 2017
Church is the place where when you go there, they have to let you sing. I paused and smiled recently upon reading the above statement posted on a UU music blog. It reminded me of the warm feeling, including goose bumps, I experienced as our choir sang Christmas carols for the residents of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home. I fully expected any “bursting forth with glad tidings” would emanate only from the choir after my cajoling. Instead, at the downbeat of “Adeste Fidelis,” the room filled with sick and elderly folks, many in wheelchairs, and exploded with joyful singing. Granted, it was NOT Westminster Abbey or First Church quality—perhaps it was even more beautiful! There is something magical about group singing. A recent article in Time magazine states the following related to singing with others: “When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, and shares it with a roomful of people—and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony.” My observation is that on Sunday mornings our choir and congregation have morphed from approaching singing as a reticent ritual to a joyful bonding of spirits. UUCS is in her “golden age” of transformative worship services. As we gather let your hearts sing with great joy!
Musically yours, Keith