Date: November 1, 2020
11 am – 12:30 pm
Skill Level: All levels, including those with no experience
Class Registration Fee: $15.00
Do you need some inspiration and courage? There are songs for these times and they need us to sing them. In the midst of political division, racial injustice, chaos, fires and storms, as we step toward Nov 3 election, it’s time to raise up songs that tell of our love for the world and our call for courage. Let’s sing songs that connect us with our ancestors who struggled to protect what they loved. Let’s sing songs that remind us of our power and creativity, songs that help us to keep moving forward. Come, join in the learning of simple songs that you can sing every day for years to come. Come, help us hold the center!
For those who have always loved to sing, AND for those who always wished they could, this song gathering is for all ages, abilities, genders, levels of experience, and spiritual backgrounds. Come share in the joy of singing together in an environment that is supportive, safe, and fun. Because singing is too important to leave to the professionals!
Traditional cultures have always known that group singing has a power unlike any other to bind people together. There is an ancient African concept, ubuntu, which speaks of our interconnectedness and interdependence. It means “I am because we are.” Nowhere is this more evident than in singing together; through group singing, people experience joy, a sense of success, and an expression of shared meaning. We deepen our sense of communion with each other and a sense of sanctuary for all our spirits.
Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): none
Liz Rog is a songleader in the global Ubuntu tradition which welcomes all voices to weave songs and community. Liz delights in helping people rediscover their ancestral birthright of group singing. She lives in the Driftless of Northeast Iowa and enjoys traveling to other towns and regions to help in the re-seeding of the earth with songs for renewal.
To know more about Liz and the work she is doing, you may read this article, “Singing as Breath and Food,” written by Annie Zystra for Real Small Towns: https://realsmalltowns.com/liz-rog-singing-as-breath-and-food/