August 27 meeting of the Common Ground Street Choir:
It was a long and exciting meeting….we had a total of 14 people join us for an evening of (mostly) singing. What most impressed me was how of one mind the group is. As you can see below, decisions made were by consensus or amiable balloting. Other work was done, too:
1. Our next meeting is September 10, 7 pm at Oak Cliff UU at 3839 W. Kiest.
2. We discussed attending the Dallas Pride Parade on September 21. We are invited to assemble and sing at the NTUUC booth at Lee Park (a good time to recruit members), as well as join the walking “float.” In previous years, NTUUC has had the largest contingent of any of the floats. We discussed songs that would be good to sing: This Little Light of Mine, Come and Go With Me, Welcome Table.
3. We selected the next 8 songs to add to our repertoire. This was done by ballot (and some lobbying) from the list of Additional Songs (as well as a couple of others). The results:
We’re Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table (grey, 407)
Love Will Guide Us (grey, 131)
I’m On My Way (grey, 116)
One More Step (grey, 168)
De Colores (in English too) (grey, 305)
Let There Be Peace on Earth
This Land Is Your Land
I’ve Got a Hammer
A songsheet will be created with words to each song and we can discuss finer points of lyrics (some of us remember them one way and others another). For example, for Let There Be Peace on Earth, we discussed modifying “solemn vow” to “joyous vow” and “live in peace eternally” to “live in peace and harmony.” We also chose “God our creator” over “God as our father” by unanimous vote. After reviewing a loaned copy of “Everybody Says Freedom” by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser, we found an additional verse to “Kum By Yah” that begins…”We want justice.” We liked that a lot. It will go onto the songsheet.
4. With the songsheet, we will be “tagging” each song with topics for which it is most suited. Although most of our songs are pretty generic to the topic, we will be selecting topic tags such as “immigration,” “war/peace,” “civil rights,” “environment,” etc.
5. JudithAnn introduced us to a small independent film crew doing a documentary on “We Are Humanity.” They were seeking groups who were concerned about social issues (e.g., Ferguson, MO) and world events (e.g., Middle East). They are associated with the Art Institute of Dallas. We agreed to be filmed (most of us in our yellow “Love” shirts), singing our 4-part round, “Building Bridges.” (This gave us really great practice….because it took 3 video takes and 1 audio take before they were finished, in addition to our rehearsing!)
6. Save the Date….Finally, there are a number of people who would like to participate, but have choir rehearsals on Wednesdays. Although they will be able to keep abreast of repertoire through our songsheets and website, it would be nice for all to meet and sing together to enhance our sense of unity. In a discussion after the meeting it was proposed that we hold a general SingALong one Sunday evening, perhaps at First UU which is centrally located. Daniel Polk will be checking the schedule for Raible Chapel for Sunday, September 28.