It's been a while! Humanist Christmas Sing Along / by Melanie Ida Chopko


I'm joining hands and voices with Julian Caspari, Diana Gameros and Beatriz Martinez to host a Humanist Christmas Sing-Along/Jam this Thursday December 17th

 

We'll sing some old world carols, songs of the Solstice, and a couple funky Christmas spirituals. All the while, eating my roommate Hilary's stunning
roasted nuts.

When: 7-9 Thursday December 17th, 2015

Where: My house, Oakland, CA 94610 (email me for the address)

Come share your voices and a winter snack.

 

"Christmas Music?!," you say?
Singing Christmas music each year in Brooklyn was one of my most favorite
things about winter there - and one of my first calls back to making music as an adult. Outside of the clanging repetition of songs heard at checkout counters, I was enchanted by a carols and spirituals woven around the myths and stories of what I hold close in this season of dark dampness.

They are carols to acknowledge the grit and darkness in our world, in the human heart, and call forth the emergence of Light, Wisdom and Justice. Melodies to accompany us as we crane our necks and direction from stars and secret signs, pin pricks in the dark, as we stumble our way back to the road of our hero's path. Songs of reverence to the cycles of living creatures, to a season of fallow fields and quiet reflection that complete and make possible a year of action. An insistence and reminder of the alchemy that emerges as we care for the vulnerable, the imperfect, the people and stories viewed as forgettable.

We'll sing some old world carols, songs of the Solstice, and a couple funky Christmas spirituals. All the while, eating my roommate Hilary's stunning
roasted nuts.

Think:
Right-folla-rolla-too-Ree-lio
Oh come thou Wisdom from on high, 
The rising of the sun and the running of the dear
And the people keep comin but the train done gone.