How long has it been? I think our last in person rehearsal was March 5th. I remember wondering if I was being overly cautious in cancelling so soon, but decided to err on the side of caution. Who knew – who could have imagined that it would be months and more before we would meet again?
Since then, we have stayed in touch by email and Zoom. Some of us have experimented with virtual choirs, Facebook Live, YouTube videos, and apps for singing alone, all the various parts and harmonies. Let’s face it. It’s just not the same.
I do not know and cannot say when it will be safe for us to gather and sing together our laments, our love and joy? All the familiar songs we have shared over the years have taken on new and deeper meaning in absence. The Joy of Living. Here is My Home. There Are Angels Hovering Round. I Feel Like Going On. In Dangerous Times. All Will Be Well. The Peace of Wild Things. We Shall Be Known By the Company We Keep.
And so we shall. We are the company we keep, even at a distance. We will be together again, and it may very well be different in ways we can’t yet see. I don’t know what the future holds for hospice singing. Only time will tell. But the healing? The tom-foolery? The friendship? Life is always hungry for those things and we will be there to meet the needs of the world with our shared passion for the full throated song and the belly laugh, the laughter and the weeping – and the singing.
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Peace to you all and glad singing~