Tonight was another night with The Harmony Project It was also a night when storms were blowing a little stronger than usual, but nothing was going to stop me from going to that rehearsal. Good things transpire at Harmony Project Rehearsals. I wasn’t going to miss out!
The Harmony Project is a volunteer choir that sings and shares. Sharing is simple. You just do a volunteer project. It doesn’t require a lot of time. At the end of a “semester,” you get to appear in a show at a great venue in the downtown Columbus, Ohio, area. Another bonus of being in this choir is appearing with a first class professional band with great musicians
Members of the choir love doing those shows! It’s usually a love fest between the choir and the audience. Everyone seems to have a good time.
I was really feeling down in the dumps when I walked in the door tonight. I was going to sit in the back of the room. After I walked in, someone I barely knew invited me to sit down next to them. Right away, I started feeling a little bit better. The Idea about sitting in the back of the room was gone. (After the rehearsal starts, we usually introduce ourselves to three people we don’t know. It takes time to know 200 people. ) After I did that, I was feeling even more upbeat.
We all started singing our first song. By the time I was done singing that song, I felt downright happy. Singing is good for the soul. There’s nothing better than singing the same words with over 200 people.
The Pied Piper of the Harmony Project
I guess you could say another one of the reasons the Harmony Project is such a success is the Musical Director, David Brown. He is energetic and knows how to make rehearsing fun, and sometimes inspiring.
Tonight, one highlight was when we sang a Beth Neilson Chapman song we’re going to sing in the December show. It’s all about finding the light. The lights went out, and I thought the high winds had knocked out the power, but it was David trying to get us to concentrate on the meaning of the song. Not only that, he pulled a member of the choir out front to share a personal experience about what it means to really see the light. She is blind, so she talked about what it means to see with your heart.
A little boy inspires me
Next thing I knew, one of the members of the choir asked, “ Is there an age limit on who can sing in the choir? We’ve got someone giving it all they got.” I looked up and saw the most adorable little boy sitting in an area that is above our rehearsal room. As I watched him, I noticed how enthusiastically he was singing along. I knew he must be a choir member’s child .
Finally, the rehearsal was over. I saw the little boy out in the lobby with his mom and sister. “How do you know all the words?” I asked. He broke out in the biggest smile, dimples and all. “We practice the CD in the car,” he said. I told him he inspired me, and it was the honest truth.
All of this transpired in an hour and a half. It was worth the trip!
See the Harmony Project perform on December 19 or December 20th at The Southern Theater! Get tickets through CAPA