Love Choir Singing at Subud Hall

Greetings from Jim Corbett (Brother Jimmy Lovejoy),

We are glad you are here!.

The Love Choir came into existence in 1997 at the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival with a handful of friends who loved to sing, and who sang for the love of music. Since then we have grown into a large, happy family that gets together each week to sing and share the joy of harmonizing together. Together we are: "Loving the world, one song at a time".

The requirements for admission to the Love Choir are to show up, open your heart, and SING! Our motto is: "There is safety in numbers". We feel blessed to have your voice joining with our voices in an ever growing experiment in harmonizing ourselves and our world.

Welcome, new friend, you are now IN the Love Choir!

The Basics:

Where: Love Choir meets every Wednesday night at Sebastopol Community Center Youth Annex, 425 Morris Street, in Sebastopol.

When: We gather between 7 and 7:30 pm for social time while the band is setting up. At 7:30 pm I will play the Magic Flute or ring a bell to call all Lovees to silently gather and find the quiet space within you. The first segment of our gathering will focus on ear training, vocal warm up and basic harmony singing. After that I will call out a variety of songs depending on what we are working on, and who is present to lead certain songs. Please return to your quiet space between songs. Learn to increase your capacity of holding joy without talking.

Filling the Abundant Heart: At 8:30 pm we will pass the "Abundant Heart" and collect your offering for the week, which helps us pay rehearsal room rent, takes care of other expenses and fills the "Fun Fund" that supports our group gatherings. Please make a donation that reflects your own abundance. We are grateful for your generosity.

Announcements: While the Abundant Heart is being passed around, there will be time for announcements. Please keep listening during the announcements, as there is often important information being imparted. Please refrain from political announcements of any kind. The end of the night: We join in a circle and close the evening with the song: "In My Life". Staying until the end is worth it for this song.

The Extras:

Name tags: You may make yourself a name tag when you first arrive at Love Choir. Because there are so many Lovees, with diminishing memories, it will be helpful for you and us to have nametags. Nametags will be on the table at the back of the hall each week. Make one and wear it.

Everybody sings in the choir: This is the beauty and the power of the Love Choir. For some songs, everyone sings the whole song, sing-along style. Other songs will feature a lead singer(s) on the microphone. You will learn by listening to those around you, what your specific choir part is.

Sections: We stand in sections of Low, Medium or High voices. Stand where you are most comfortable and listen to those around you.

The Sacred Space: The Love Choir has no “religious affiliations but the Love Choir ‘voice’ has a way of touching the sacred in people. We support this by respecting those around us, and their individual paths, and by singing with an open heart. Another way of supporting this is by remaining quiet between songs. This allows us to keep our sacredness within.

How do I learn the songs? Learn by listening. We try to pick songs that many people already know, or are easily learned. Stand near someone who knows the song and listen. There also is a Love Choir Song Book with many of our beloved Love Choir songs. You may download a PDF of the songbook from the www.lovechoir.org and print it yourself to get your own copy. After a few weeks you will know most of the songs we sing.

Listen and Blend with the voices and volume around you. Whether you’re an experienced singer or a beginner, it is helpful to blend your voice with your group. By singing together in this way, we strengthen our overall sound quality and projection without straining our voices.

Sing with your heart. Sing with your spirit. Sing with love. Do not judge your voice or another's voice. All voices are beautiful.

Be aware of people behind you. Taller singers can see over others to see the director and lead singers for directions.

Microphone etiquette Only the leads and backup singers of each song are to be on the microphones.

You have a song to share? Let me know what song you would like to sing. Some good songs are not good Love Choir songs. Bring a CD of your song for me to hear. If we decide to try your song, we can arrange to rehearse your tune before we present it to the whole choir. Most of all, be strong and lead us through your song.

Performances:

Love Choir performs throughout the year. Attending performances is voluntary, but you will get the most out of the Love Choir when you join in to "Love the world, one song at a time". Sharing our gift with others fills us with a greater love.

A few guidelines:

Please be on Time

Refrain from talking when we are onstage

No one should go to the mic, at performances, unless you're singing lead or have been asked by Jim or the lead singer to step up

Don't clap for our own songs at a performance please, only smiles

Stand with your singing section. We have more presentation power when we sing with similar voices

Try to stand so that you are not blocking others, and when we are onstage, don't be pushy. It's not fun falling off of a stage

Remember that we are happy to be there to share our joy in singing and it should show on our faces