Harmony Project gets loads of bikes to give to kids for Christmas


305432_10151280280413070_1024731632_n305432_10151280280413070_1024731632_nHere’s what can happen if people work together, and do something positive. The Harmony Project, a philanthropic group that sings and shares had a one day drive in Columbus, Ohio, to buy bikes for foster kids.  It worked!  In one day, enough money was raised to buy 155 bikes!

In light of what has happened recently, this is encouraging news. If we put our minds to it, we can do anything.

We just need to believe in ourselves, and what we can accomplish! Picture by David Brown, director of The Harmony Project!

The Harmony Project Pays it Back Today : another Harmony Project Post


Teenagers sharing with People from the Unison Project and Harmony Project

Today the teenage group from South High School met with the Unison Project (people who live at the Commons of Buckingham) and the Harmony Project members.

I approached the building, and saw all the teenagers congregated outside. A Unison Project member was outside with them. “I wanted to feel all that energy,” she said. I know what she meant. If you haven’t been around kids for a while , it’s nice to feel their enthusiasm.

City Year, a college group that  works with the students, was in attendance.  They explained that they are assigned schools, and help out the kids with mentoring, tutoring, and all those good things.

David Brown, our director, ushered us inside where all the adults were congregated.The kids had a couple of pieces of Donato’s Pizza. (Some things never change, kids and pizza is one of them.) They came up in an orderly fashion, and were extremely polite.

The kids made a circle around us, and sang the song they are singing in our concerts December 19, and 20th. There is nothing like the sound of kids singing in harmony. Take my word for it, you won’t want to miss them at The Southern Theater. I think they are going to bring the house down.

A few of the kids explained what they were doing at South High School to prepare for the concert. The ones who spoke were very poised.  It includes singing and talking about the same things that Harmony Project talks about. Sharing with each other, and giving back  These might be old ideas, but they work.  David Brown, had them repeat “we’re paying back.”

The rest of us sang our song to them. They gave us a rousing reception.

David asked some of the members of the Unison Project to talk to the kids.One person told them not to give up, and that education is so important.  Another member told them not to let anyone tell them “they can’t do anything, and to reach for the stars.” Member of the Unison Project are people who have worked their way out of homelessness or very tough circumstances. That is a true testament of people who aren’t afraid to make new lives for themselves and want to pass on their knowledge to the younger
generation.

He had the kids come up to all of the adults, and introduce themselves. They all followed directions, and were so friendly and engaging.

All in all it was a very inspiring afternoon. Going and singing with the Unison Project is one of my favorite things to do.

All the adults left, and the kids went on to decorate Buckingham Commons, where a great Thanksgiving Celebration is going to take place on Thanksgiving Day. All the members of the Harmony Project want to help, and there will be no shortage of servers or guests.

Everyone starts feeling charitable this time of year. I am proud that The Harmony Project does it all year round.

You can still get tickets for our performance December 19 and 20. Don’t miss a great show! You can get tickets through Capa or me!

It’s Great to Call Columbus, Ohio, Home: Another Harmony Project post


]I am fortunate to live in Columbus. Why, because I am in a group called the Harmony Project.

Today, we gave a concert that we’ve been practicing for since February. It’s now July 18.

With a group of 200, we sounded really good. It was just fantastic. I’ve been in the group for 2 years, and this particular concert was the best ever.

Nobody in the group has to audition. I’ve listened to a lot of people in the group sing, and I haven’t heard anyone who can’t at least carry a tune. Some of the people in the group are musicians, and naturally some are better than others. Others are just ordinary people like me.

The director of the group, David Brown, is the secret ingredient. I don’t know how he does it, but this guy is loaded with charisma. Not only does he have charisma, but he has the largest heart in the world.  He knows how to motivate others, and let me tell you, he does it. You can attend a rehearsal feeling horrible, but by the time you leave you feel optimistic again. It’s like having a little shot of positivity.

He started the choir because he wants to help other people. There’s nothing more to it. He wants to raise money to help people and the city of Columbus, Ohio.  He uses the choir as a vehicle to do this. We sell tickets to the concert, but in the meantime we all have to do some kind of “sharing” project. Some people share more than others.

There are other fundraising projects and big sponsorships that are now in the mix.

One of the things, we as a group, want to do is end homelessness. We raise money for the Columbus Shelter Board, and we’re doing it. Not only that, we’re  including people who are getting second chances into the choir.

You know, all of them are really talented in their own ways. Most of the ones in this particular group, the Unison Project, had responsible jobs before they were down on their luck. You can see all their leadership skills and creative talents blossoming again. It’s a great thing to watch.

Anyway, we had a concert tonight, and it was beautiful. The crowd loved it. We loved the crowd. It was great!

It doesn’t hurt that there are some professional musicians in town who are in the band that accompanies us. They are all fantastic!

There’s one more concert on Thursday. Then it will be over, but only for a little while. We’ll have another concert in September.

I’m glad David Brown decided to make Columbus his home.

Addition: Tonight there was another concert! I had the most fun I’ve ever had. What an enthusiastic audience. It was great!

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The Harmony Project shares the stage with Whoopi Goldberg: Another Harmony Project Post


Tonight, the Harmony project sang at the Women’s Fund Event in Columbus, Ohio.  This is a terrific organization that funds projects for girls and women. We were seated on the very same stage as Whoopi Goldberg. She did an interview, and we listened.

Throughout the evening they showed videos of the different programs The Women’s Fund supports. It looks like they do great work for women.

A lot of people must care about the Women’s Fund because there were around 3,000 people in attendance.

We opened the show with a song that coordinated with a video showing women and girls. We got a very good reaction from the crowd.

After we sang, Whoopi said, “Aren’t they fricking remarkable?”  That made us feel great!

Two lovely women, from the Women’s Fund, wearing heels and nice dresses introduced Whoopi. When she came on stage she didn’t disappoint. She was dressed in the usual unique Whoppi attire.  She was wearing some weird shoes, but very cool!

She  was interviewed by Justice Yvette McGee Brown. This interview also includes questions some young girls asked her via videotape. Here’s some things that they discussed.  This is coming from my memory, so it’s not exact!

How did you become famous?
“It was just a matter of luck. I put on a big show and 3 people attended. One of them was a critic from the New York Times. He wrote up a good review of our show, and Mike Nichols came to see it. He took it to Broadway, and that’s when the success came. ..I’m also surprised at the path my career took. I never expected to become a movie star. “

What advice to you have for young girls?
“ Take a beat to think about what you’re doing… don’t rush into things. She told them not to use Facebook or Twitter to get back at anyone. “Consider that they might just be having a bad day!

Where does self-esteem come from?
“Self-esteem comes from way down inside yourself. You have to believe in yourself. It’s not something people can give you.

Who was your role model?
“My mother accepted me, and knew I was odd.”  Her mother helped her see the things she could do. Her mother believed in her, and supported her decisions. She even believed she could make a career out of show business.

Talk about some of the View episodes.
I thought Rielle Hunter, who appeared on The View,  was basically misguided. “She didn’t know you can’t speak ill about the dead.” (Elizabeth Edwards.)

Whoopi made some funny remarks about menopause. “ I decided not to have children, but with menopause someone else is shutting you off… She might a hilarious comment about hearing her last egg drop.

How did you get involved with Volunteering for AIDS

“I was living in San Francisco, and people started getting these lesions, and just dying. Nobody knew much about it. Even the hospitals wouldn’t take the people. They weren’t just seeing them as human. I knew we had to do something.

I would say all in all, Whoopi is really cool. I liked listening to her. She certainly wasn’t boring!

Not only did I enjoy Whoppi’s interview, I found out about “The Women’s Fund,” a very worthwhile cause.

Enjoy the slide-show. We were waiting to go onstage, and some of the photos were taken at the rehearsal!

If anyone from the Harmony Project would like to make comments, or additions, please feel free!

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Creative Giving: Another Harmony Project Post


Here’s another post about the versatile Harmony Project in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the organization that can do and does! We get to sing in a harmonious choir, give performances and make all kinds of new friends. There is commitment involved, but nobody minds. Sing, serve, and share is the motto.

Today was a spa day for the Unison Project, an essential part of the choir.  The people who belong to the Unison Project live in housing, especially sponsored by the Columbus Shelter Board http://www.csb.org.  There are people who have been homeless, but have the courage to take the opportunity to improve their lives. (Not all have been homeless, some have disabilities and other problems that qualify them to live in the facilities.)

Today, a generous spa, the  Ericka Taylor Salon and Spa donated their  services to members of The Unison Project.

They received manicures, facials, hair treatments —color, cuts, blowouts, highlights —and were photographed when it was all over. All the professionals in the spa donated their services. They worked their magic, and brought out the beauty of each person. People left the salon with a glow and a new look.

The pros at the spa did their work with joy. It was inspirational. They were even kind enough to throw in a few manicures to some of the other members of the Harmony Project.

First, we all had a delicious meal “The Little Palace” located on S. Fourth Street.  I would highly recommend that eatery . It was simply delicious.

David Brown, of The Harmony Project planned the whole outing. He did it with great style.

You can still buy tickets for The Harmony Project on July 18, and 19th!  Go to CAPA. It will be a great concert, and you can catch the joy!

It will bounce off the walls of the Southern Theater!

Pictures generously provided by Michelle Herman and Jan Leibovitz Alloy

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