“I don’t sing because I’m happy. I‘m happy because I sing.”
Harmony Project has given me a sense of spirituality. Spirituality is defined as a quality of “being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” Every concert, every project, every volunteer experience has taught me a simple lesson: Sing. Serve. Share.
I have a sense of community. At the start of a new season, we look forward to seeing each other. We hug everyone around us when the curtain comes down at the end of a concert. The joke is that without name tags, we don’t know half these people’s names we are hugging. It doesn’t matter though. These are our friends, our buddies.
Eight years of memories. I have a wealth of music that I know and love. How many times have I heard a song while watching television or shopping and thought, “Oh, we sang that song.” Music warms your heart. That is why we all joined the Harmony Project. I have a sign in my kitchen that says, “I don’t sing because I’m happy. I‘m happy because I sing.”
- Meeting David for the first time when he directed my son in his first play.
- David telling me he was moving back to Columbus and starting a choir with an emphasis on singing and volunteering.
- Being told that we had to audition when we started practicing at BOMA when all we really had to do was smile for a picture.
- Starting each rehearsal by walking around the room and introducing ourselves to three people we didn’t know.
- Only having a pianist for our rehearsal accompaniment.
- Lining up at the Lincoln Theatre and being rearranged by height.
- Being so nervous and excited for our first concert. The Lincoln looked beautiful and the stage was covered with presents.
- Having receptions after our concerts. We were so wired that no one wanted to go home.
- Rehearsing at the Firefighters Union Hall on West Broad. Do any of you recall that parking lot?
- Going to gatherings at the Hubbard Grille at the start of a new season.
- Mulching Berliner Park.
- Outgrowing the Lincoln for concerts and moving to the Southern Theatre.
- Sorting frozen meat at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
- Collecting money and bikes for The Bike Lady.
- Sorting Christmas presents for the Firemen.
- Decorating for Franklin County Children’s Services Holiday Party.
- Going on a bus to Washington D.C. for 36 hours so we could sing at Union Station with people who wanted to start a Harmony Project there.
- The excitement of singing at the Ohio Theatre when we outgrew the Southern.
- Painting, painting, painting all kinds of murals.
- People building a playground in the pouring rain.
- Cleaning up Livingston Avenue.
- The video we had to watch before volunteering at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
- Collecting money and supplies for people in the choir facing adversity.