Door County in September by Margaret Dubay Mikus, Copyright 2013
Virtual Choir 4
Watching screen shots by Elisabeth
To be seen,
to be seen singing,
sounds to emerge
to take the step
driven to connect
or belong or create
a tiny piece of beauty,
To open heart
let energy go forth
meshing with others
in the same quest,
To strive and persist,
to learn and teach,
to wait for the outcome,
To join without boundaries,
to encourage, to support,
to accept grace and be
To demonstrate flight,
each a feather on a wing,
at least a little bit…
Margaret Dubay Mikus
From my books, Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine, and Transcending Boundaries: Inspired by Eric Whitacre and Virtual Choir.
Listen here: https://youtu.be/_scl4qd8Aes (Video begins with an introduction and de-stressing, join in.)
I have been a singer all my life, usually in choirs (church, school, or community). When I first heard about Virtual Choir, created by composer/conductor, Eric Whitacre, I was determined to be part of it. Though I was not a particularly tech savvy person, and very shy as a singer in some ways, I still was moved by the music and the possibility of connection. When Virtual Choir 3 came along, I read all support comments on their Facebook page to see if I could manage it. I learned the music and practiced, putting together a recording setup in my office. I was so affected by all the encouragement from the support team (for other people), I overcame my “issues” and got my video in (alto 2). I was unable to find myself in the final film, but that did not diminish my joy in being part of it all.
When Virtual Choir 4 was announced, I was eager to do it. I donated to the Kickstarter campaign. I practiced to learn my part and upgraded my recording setup. In the final film I found myself right away, which was awesome. When Elisabeth, from Chicago, one of the support crew, decided to help singers find their videos by taking hundreds of screen shots, I watched all of them (no sound, just the faces) and was powerfully moved by all the people I was connected to, from all over the globe.
These videos have gotten millions of views on YouTube. Listen here to VC 3 and here to VC4.
This connection has blossomed into an online community, a Virtual Choir family, that supports each other in hard times and celebrates together in joyful times. When possible they meet in real life and may even sing together. I am blessed to be part of it. Thank you, Eric, and all.
For more poem videos in the series
THROWN AGAIN into the FRAZZLE MACHINE: Poems of Grace, Hope, and Healing
Transcending Boundaries: Inspired by Eric Whitacre and Virtual Choir