All in Creating Community
In the 1930’s when the majority of thought leaders in the burgeoning field of psychology were caught up studying the broken and ailing, Abraham Maslow took a different approach. Seeking out humans he termed as “exemplary” Maslow developed his revolutionary Hierarchy of Needs. This article explore how his findings can be applied to humans in a group singing context.
Maybe singing isn’t for you, or you’re still plucking up the courage to give it a go. Maybe you love it, but there is no room in your life right now.
When a song is shared or a performance delivered, the success felt is an inclusive, empowering experience. A success which leaves no one behind.
There is a compelling humanity to the sound of unified human voices; no instruments, no tools. A collective to add your one voice to. Or not.
As part of a choir, you are one fraction of the greater whole. At times when your silence is important, then at other points, you are responsible for breaking the silence.
Group singing is not about one person standing out, but together working & striving for a common goal.
I have sung in choirs for years. And it is as part of a choir I have felt the strongest sense of connection & identity.
A story of two sisters whose extreme differences may have left them with very little in common. Until they joined the same choir...
Whether looking back at either cavemen or babies … the voice is the first music-maker.
I believe that while a single human voice is comparatively quiet & small, it holds the power to change the world.