Sing Together, Unite the World

Sing together. Unite the World.By Emily Browder Melville
Do you ever wish for world peace?  For people of all nations to just get along? Ever wonder how we can cultivate joy and connection through a common interest across the globe, or does that feel like an impossible dream?  Well, guess what: global connection is entirely possible, and it is just around the corner.

On Saturday, October 19, the world will come together, feel a little more connected and a lot happier because it is World Singing Day.  World Singing Day (WSD) is a non-religious, non-political movement that promotes global connection through the simple act of singing with others. Their motto is “Sing Together, Unite the World.”

World Singing Day hosts organized free sing-alongs in living rooms, community centers, and city spaces.  Individuals and organizations, taking the lead from WSD organizers, gather groups to sing familiar songs. I saw a video from last year’s World Singing Day, where a man steps onto a train, hands out lyric sheets to his fellow passengers, and together they lift their voices in song.  There are smiling faces all around!

WSD 2019 sing-alongs in the United States will span from east (Manhattan, Philadelphia, Brattleboro and more) to west (Tucson, Salt Lake City).  Internationally, they are happening in Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Zurich, Perth, and Yeppoon (you can look up Yeppoon!) and many other places.  Here on the South Shore, you don’t need to hop on a plane to participate: South Shore Conservatory is hosting a free World Singing Day sing-along in your own backyard.  And we want you to be there!

Sing-alongs are truly for everyone: those who sing in the shower and those who sing off-key. We provide lyric sheets (and project lyrics for better visibility) to familiar favorites such as “American Pie,” “ Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Barbara Ann,” “Daydream Believer,” “Edelweiss,” “Fire and Rain,” “All About the Bass,” “I Love Rock n Roll,” “Amazing Grace,” I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “I Got You Babe,” “Charlie on the MTA,” “La Bamba,” “Lean on Me,” “Shout,” and more.  These are songs that get your toes tapping and your head bobbing.  They feature lots of repetition, so you can stop thinking and just start singing.

Because this is so near and dear to our SSC hearts, we have used October 19 as our annual Voice Day event.  World Singing Day is for all ages and abilities.  Our SSC voice community includes young singers, school-aged singers, adults, seniors, and adults with developmental disabilities, all brought together by the love of singing.  World Singing Day is a global example of what we do on our campuses every day.  We are “Making Music, Changing Lives.”

South Shore Conservatory is very excited to participate in our first World Singing Day, because we want to connect with you!  We invite you to come, bring your friends and family, and be part of something bigger than regular daily life: something joyful, fun, easy and, yes, maybe even something that helps promote world peace.

South Shore Conservatory’s World Singing Day event, October 19, runs from 3 – 4:30 pm, kicking off with refreshments and fun vocal warm-up.  It is at the Ellison Center for the Arts at 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.  There is no cost to participate, and the reward is great.

Emily Browder Melville is South Shore Conservatory’s Voice Department Chair.

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