Musical Notes

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Music Sunday is March 17th!

It’s always very exciting prepping for this big event, but I’m especially excited to see what unfolds this year. Our Soul Matters theme is Journey and I’m looking forward to see where centering our Music Sunday on this topic leads.

On my most recent trip to Victoria, song was infused in everything we did together. Yes, I was there with a bunch of choir leaders – this shouldn’t be surprising. However, these particular choir leaders are different than many that I have met in that they are constantly collecting music into their bodies.

You see, the organization with which I gather in Victoria is full of people who teach music exclusively by ear. They collect songs into their memories with the aid of electronic recorders, and are constantly singing, learning, and recording.

Songs stick with me too. I carry around a ton of songs in the back of brain, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Someone says, “Good Morning!” and I’m already to sing straight out of Singing in the Rain, “Good morning, good morning! It’s great to stay up late. Good morning, good morning to you!”

Not only are these songs at the tip of my lips, they are also available deep in my heart when I am troubled or down or need to hear something important. Often I don’t even understand why a particular song is emerging as my current companion (sometimes this might be what is called an earworm.) But as the situation unfolds, I feel its lesson or hear its hilarity given my current predicament.

Songs make great travel companions. They are great for car rides and hikes, but they also make great travel companions on this crazy journey we call life.

I asked choir members about songs that have supported their lives’ journeys and much chatting emerged. Individuals recalled songs learned during overseas travels with old loves, family car rides full of music of all kinds – especially the silly stuff. Singers also told us about songs that support a meditation practice and about songs that they love that help them recall the words to favorite poetry.

So, I pose a question for you: How has music supported your life’s journeys?

And if you feel so called, send me a note. I’d love to hear your story.

In Song,

Tara

MUSICAL CALENDAR:

Morning Song Resumes March 3rd, 9:45 am. – Orange Classroom At Morning Song we sink into a few short, meditative songs with a few minutes of silence in between. Some of the songs will be unaccompanied, and some will be accompanied by cello. To participate, you are absolutely not required to sing, but all voices are welcome. Next date is April 7th! SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Music Sunday service is March 17th! There is still time to join a Celebration Choir – no future commitment is required. Rehearsals are 7:15pm, Thursday evenings: February 28, March 7 & 14, in Parish Hall. Contact Tara ([email protected]) to let her know you’re coming!

SAVE THE DATE! MUSIC SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH!

There is still time to join a Celebration Choir – no future commitment is required.
Rehearsals are 7:15 pm, Thursday evenings: February 28, March 7 & 14, in Parish Hall.
Dress rehearsal Saturday morning, March 16th.
Contact Tara ([email protected]) to let her know you’re coming!

MUUC Choir Sunday, 9:00 am – 10:15 am: Adult Choir Rehearsal, in the Sanctuary

No rehearsals on “Morning Song” Sundays (see below, and a few other rare Sundays)
Extra rehearsals for Christmas, Music Sunday, & etc.

Adult Choir is intended to be a welcoming group that includes people of many different musical experiences. And, unlike singing in a community choir outside of church, the songs we sing have a very intentional and vital role in morning worship. If you’ve ever been curious, just come try it out! Or talk to Tara or a choir member.

First Sunday of Each Month, “Morning Song”, in Sanctuary

On the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted) members and friends of the Congregation meets for 30-minutes of singing meditation beginning at 9:30 am (or sometimes at 9:45 am) in the Sanctuary (or sometimes in the Orange Classroom downstairs.) We will immerse ourselves in a few short, meditative songs with minutes of silence in between. Some of the songs will be familiar, some will be new. Some of the songs will be unaccompanied, and some will be accompanied by cello. To participate, you are absolutely not required to sing, but all voices are welcome – middle school age and older

MUUC Children's Choir

Children’s Choir

(Information is posted on the CALENDAR page)

Occasionally a Children’s Choir is formed for special occasions. Please check our Calendar or speak with Tara ([email protected]) with any questions regarding assisting the Children’s Choir or your children joining the choir. When scheduled, rehearsals are 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm in the Sanctuary. Please check the calendar page.