Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SHHH! Aug 3 with Laura Caviani, guest song leader


The August edition of Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts!
(SHHH!) in the Library is

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.
 
with guest song leader Laura Caviani!
 
Laura Caviani, guest song leader for August 3, 2017
 
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul
Thank you, East Side Freedom Library!

A free-will offering will be collected for the guest song leader and the space. 
Suggested amount is $5-10 ~ though don't let that amount keep you away.
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Points of Light Music:  Tell us about yourself. 
 
Laura Caviani: I play piano, compose, and teach music at Carleton College. I feel fortunate to have made my way through life making music, in some way shape or form, for a living.
For me, my favorite part of music is improvising. I studied improvisation and composition at both Lawrence U. in WI and at the U. of MI in Ann Arbor.
Currently, I live in the Twin Cities, and love it. Minnesota is my home state. I grew up learning songs at home, at church, at school, and around many campfires, namely Camp Koinonia (Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church) and Camp Olson, a YMCA camp near Longville. I'm recently loving re-learning all of these songs again, and am looking forward to passing them along to interested folks. I'm also looking forward to learning more songs by ear, myself, and to help others learn how to improvise, compose, and get to know their voices.
 


PLM: You're mostly known as a jazz pianist.  What is drawing you to the voice and group singing?
 
About 7 years ago, I started composing for choirs to challenge myself in a new way. I've always enjoyed singing harmony for people, but never really thought of myself as a featured vocalist. I've sung back ups for various vocalists over the years, and of course sing while teaching and composing.
Then, last summer I attended a workshop at the Omega Institute in up state New York called "Circle Songs", a beautiful gathering of people from all over the world, inspired by the leadership of Bobby McFerrin, and it pretty much blew me away.  I would highly recommend attending this workshop to anyone who is interested in 
exploring the connection between spirituality, singing, and the creative process. Making music can sometimes be a deeply profound experience for me, but there is nothing like singing in a choir. When you combine that with the immediacy of free improvisation, it's almost a visceral experience, a palpable feeling. Some folks say that singing is like opening the window to your soul. That imagery seems pretty close what it feels like to me.
 
PLM: What was your first influential singing experience?
 
LC:  Choirs were a huge part of my upbringing; my family sang together for fun. I grew up thinking every family sang grace at dinner in 4 part harmony!
My Mom taught the children's choir at our church, and my Dad sang in the adult choir. We had a fabulous high school choir, and sang everything from Bach to Brahms to Britten. Our choir director, Bob Sieving, is still around in the Twin Cities today, and is a very fine composer.
 
PLM: Do you have a singing dream? 
 
LC: One thing I might add is that sometimes songs come to me in the early morning, just before dawn.
Sometimes they're songs from my past, and sometimes they're new songs. It's almost like they're flying by, and if I don't write them down right away, they just keep flying by (perhaps for someone else to catch)
 
PLM:  What else would you like us to know?
 
LC: I'm just grateful for the opportunity to get to know this new community of music makers, and look forward to singing with everyone. Thank you so much for inviting me. In this incredibly crazy time in our world, I believe that group singing, however you can get it to happen, can be a source of healing for everyone.
 
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Laura is leading the "Circling in Song" Retreat at Prairiewoods Retreat Center in central Iowa, Friday, August 11-Sunday, August 13.  Visit Prairiewood's website for more details! 

Here's Laura talking about her recent recording project: 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Highlighting Annie Zijlstra

The lovely Annie Zijlstra
So who is this Annie Zijlstra who will be leading our singing on Thursday evening? 
 
I had the opportunity to sing with her last summer in Powderhorn Park before she headed to Europa, which confirmed the welcoming and skilled presence she brings to community singing.  I started following her on Instagram (@zestinaferna) and discovered she's a forager, lover of the forest and other wild places, a chocolatier, and handy in many ways.  But who is she?  I decided it was time to ask her some questions...

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PLM: Tell us about yourself. 
AZ: I grew up singing in the flat wind-humming prairie lands of northern Iowa. My voice was shaped by a childhood of abundant wide open spaces, a brand of hardiness acquired from the unrelenting sub-zero winters of the great plains, a whole load of family and teachers who never told me not to sing, and years of classical training grounded in an adulthood immersion in a grassroots, living culture of people who sing for the aliving of themselves and all of life in the places they call home. 

PLM: You talk about your role as a natural voice practitioner.  What does that mean to you? 
AZ: Currently based in the Wisconsin Driftless region, I lead two natural voice choirs in the aural tradition: an evening choir for mixed voices and a morning choir for women which welcomes the company of babies and young children. I also lead one-off workshops and community sings in other regions whenever I’m on the road. Play, authenticity, and sneaky spiritualism are at the center of my teaching style and make for a light entrance into the joy and vulnerability group singing can bring to people who haven’t yet used their voices much in this way.

(Here's a clip of Annie leading singing mamas in England earlier this spring)
AZ: In a shifting world fraught with failing systems and widespread cultural trauma, it is necessary to find meaningful ways to connect with one another. To me, singing is one of the most direct and basic ways to access our undeniable interconnectedness and the possibility of collective beauty making. Physically joining our voices into a single sound, be it unison or complex harmony, leaves no room for vague, theoretical concepts of changemaking! Rather, it is a direct action that brings us into immediate connection with each other and the world around us. It is the concept of “peace” made manifest; the idea of “community” brought to life in real time.

PLM: What was your first influential singing experience?
AZ: As someone who has been singing since before she could talk, it is challenging to pin down would be a first influential singing experience. However, what I do remember very clearly is being a child in music class and a teenager in choir after choir and feeling bored senseless by the whole experience! The process of practicing songs with music in front of me for the ends of one day performing it for an audience was totally uninteresting, even within the high caliber choirs I was a part of. Singing as an art really came alive for me when it moved from a practical, performance-centered activity to an experiential, heart-centered way of interacting with those around me. Putting on deranged improvised operas in the car with my mom, making ethereal harmony sounds in a friend’s cistern, and singing emotional Christian rock songs with friends at church camps were the doorway into the rich, experiential, connective singing world I am now a part of. 

PLM: Do you have a singing dream?
AZ: I dream of living in a world in which singing is a part of people’s daily lives in the places where they live. Songs are tools we can use to connect, grieve, create meaning, and make beauty and magic; and they want to be sung! I dream of a time when singing isn’t something that some people do, and others don’t do, but rather something which is part of being living, breathing, soundmaking humans in a living, breathing, soundmaking world. I dream of hundreds of ways for people to gather and make music, of options to suit every kind of want and need. These are not far-off fairytales. In fact, all of this is mostly underway already. All you need to do to be a part of it is find a song and sing it! Who knows who might join in.

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Join us on Thursday evening, July 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul! 

We'll be collecting donations for our travelling song carrier and for the space.  Thank you, East Side Freedom Library! 


 (A final song to entice you to come)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jul 6 SHHH: Guest Song Leader Annie Z!

I'm especially pleased to have a guest song leader joining Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts in July!  Introducing Annie Zijlstra!  Here's a little taste test of what's to come:  (yes! follow her melodious and delicious escapades on Instagram!)


Come!  Bring your voice, friends, and water!
 

When:  Thursday, July 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where:  East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, MN 55106


Jul 2: Sunday morning Dances at Spirit United

My Dances of Universal Peace friends, Saleem and Patti, attend Spirit United, an interfaith community, and have wanted me to join them in leading dances there on a Sunday morning.  We finally found a date! 
 

Join us for an hour of Dances of Universal Peace! 
You bring your curious spirit, body, and voice.
We'll teach you the songs and the movements. 
Together we'll create beauty and harmony
as we practice love for self and others.
 
 
When:  Sunday morning, July 2, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where:  Spirit United, 701 Lexington Ave, St. Paul


Monday, June 26, 2017

Jun 26: Public Performance: Mpls' Pianos on Parade!

Pianos are Parading through downtown Minneapolis this June.  And over the Tuesday noon hour the keys of these pianos will be tickled for your pleasure.  Check out the nearest one to you!

https://www.mplsdowntown.com/pianos

I will be making a rare public piano performance at the Grant & Nicollet piano on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 12 noon to 1 p.m.  If you're in the area, join me in the pocket park al fresco! 



Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Dances

I have bad news and good news. 

The bad news is I won't be in town ANY of the 3rd Saturdays of June, July, and August.  I'll likely be in Albuquerque, NM, East Central WI, and South East MN those weekends, respectively. 

The good news is I'm hoping to partner with others to schedule other special events.  There's one event on this list so far, and I'm hoping to add a few more...
  • Sunday, July 2, 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. @ Spirit United Community, 701 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul
Would you consider inviting me, another musician or two, and a bunch of friends to gather and practice the age old activity of singing and moving together? 

All that is needed is an open heart, a willing spirit, and a body able to hear external authority and discern if the inner authority needs to be expressed to accommodate personal needs.  That and a dry flat surface that can be walked upon with shoes or without.  Outside would be awesome as is covered warm shelters when the forecast is wet. 

Contact us at Shine (at) PointsOfLightMusic (dot) com. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May 2017 Updates

The light is shifting this month.  Here's a heads up about some changes for some of our regular events: 

Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts! (SHHH!) in the Library
We're moving the time an hour later, 7-8:30 p.m.!  It seems gathering folks to sing at 6 p.m. on a weekday late afternoon/evening seems to be a hard sell, especially for those who would be making a drive from the south or east.  Same location:  East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier, St. Paul. 

Dances of Universal Peace
Regularly scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month, in May it falls on the same day my Korean family arrives, May 20.  There will be no Dances that evening, though I am considering moving it to a different night and time.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sixteenth Notes: April Showers of Events

Here's a quick rundown of upcoming events: 

Dances of Universal Peace
    
    Dances of Universal Peace logo. Image
    adapted by (c) 2016 Points of Light Music.
  • Today, Saturday, April 15, 7-9 p.m. - Dances of Universal Peace at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave, St. Paul.  Celebrating the springing forth of new life!  RSVP on MeetUp.com or just show up. 
  • Friday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. - Open Dances of Universal Peace Circle at Newton Christian Conference Center, Newton, IA.  Leading and supporting the Dances with flute, cajon, baritone ukulele, and shruti box!  It's not my debut, but it will be the culmination of a 2-day retreat focusing on musicianship. To be followed by ...
  • Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.-Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. - Public Retreat with Anahata: Planting Divine Qualities, Harvesting the Blessings.  Dancing and singing, probably more playing of instruments for Anahata.  For more details, see http://peacedancemn.blogspot.com/2017/03/HeavenOnEarthRetreatWithAnahata.html
Spirit of Peace Unflash Mob
Meditation Walk.
Image: (c) 2016 Points Of Light Music
Spirit of Peace Unflash Mob
  • Tuesdays, April 18 & 25, 2 p.m. - Spirit of Peace Unflash Mob Meditation Walk.  Meet at the Veterans Service Building just south of the Capitol Building.  Walk & sing for the turning of the world.  More details here.


Full Voice - 5 Elements Framework (TM)
Image:  (c) 2016 Points Of Light Music
Full Voice Workshops
  • Thursday, April 20, 6-7:30 p.m. - Steeling Our Magnolias: Forging our Voices for the Ongoing Work of Speaking Up & Out at East Side Freedom Library.  1105 Greenbrier St. St. Paul.  RSVP on Facebook.
  • Monday, April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. - Open Your Voice: an introduction to your Full Voice at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, St. Paul.  Register on Eventbrite

Reflections

The last month has been full with preparations for Palm/Passion Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter, weddings for family and friends, doing some music engraving for others (taking a composer's handwritten notes and formatting them in Finale, a music notation software program), as well as supporting an interesting labyrinth project (Labyrinth Around America) and my on-going hosting on Airbnb

Never a dull moment here!  I'm not posting here as much as I'd like, but follow me on Instagram where I'm likely to do a mini-post on what's going on. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHHH! April changes

East Side Freedom Library
Sing Harmony, Heavenly Hearts (SHHH)'s host, the awesome East Side Freedom Library* (ESFL), is the site for "Down in Mississippi: A Gospel Play with Music" a production by Carlyle Brown & Company Mar 23-Apr 8. 
So sadly, the Thu, Apr 6 session of SHHH in the Library is cancelled.  SHHH will be back on Thu, May 4.  (We are really excited for ESFL to host this awesome production though -- who wants to go with us?)



Instead we'll be offering an element-focused Full Voice workshop loosely called "Steely Dan:  How to Fortify our Voices for the Long Hall" on the 3rd Thursday of the month, April 20 at ESFL*.   Stay tuned for more details to come. 


* p.s. checkout all the events ESFL hosts!  Later this month, they're hosting a screening of Let Freedom Sing, a documentary about the singers and musicians who stood up against inequality and racism, and gave the civil rights movement its anthems and its soul.  Mon, Mar 27, 7-9p. (want to go with us?)


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Full Voice Groups: March 2017

Here's a schedule of upcoming Full Voice group workshops: 
If you'd like to see a daytime or weekend offering, please let me know.  I'd be happy to schedule a time that works for you... there's probably others that would like a different day/time too. 

Blessings! 

Release.  (c) 2015 Points Of Light Music

March: Spirit of Peace Unflash Mob/Walking Meditation

Our walking meditation continues!  In March 2017, we will be convening at the MN Capitol Mall on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.  Join us!  More details here
  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28
You'll notice the calendar has Spirit of Peace Meditation Walks on the weekends as well.  These will be in other locations that need a presence of peace.  We'll announce those locations as they get decided. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SHHH Guests, 3/2/17

I'm really looking forward to the next Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts (SHHH!) in the Library tomorrow, Thursday, March 2, 2017.  The Uprisingers will be joining us! 


Here's how they describe themselves: 

Uprisingers: Bringing more songs and singing to our movements.
Sing along!

UPRISINGERS is not a performing group - it's a songleading group to spark community singing at protests, marches, rallies, and the like.

UPRISINGERS is for people who want to sing strong,
easy, sustaining songs when spirits are lagging or people are tired of chanting - with the intention of always encouraging others to join in if they want to.
You do not have to be a "good singer" to participate.
 
Leadings songs at downtown Minneapolis Library
during This Machine event on Monday, February 20, 2017.
Sounds like a good match to me! 

You can learn more about them on Facebook.  They have a public page and a private group for internal discussion.  If you don't do the Facebook thing (and I love that you do/don't), email uprisingers@gmail.com and ask to be added to their email list. 

Looking forward to singing with you on Thursday evening.  Cheers! 

Going back: Leading Chapel at my Alma Mater

Me and a friend at commencement.
I'm going back to my alma mater on Friday to lead some singing and community movement for the daily chapel service. 

It's been almost 20 years since I've been there and it's interesting to reflect on where I've been and where I'm going and comparing it with what I remember of the 21yo me.  While I ponder articulating the amazement of how I got to where I am and how that place and community shaped and supported me, I'll just invite you to the event.  It's open to the public and free. 

What:  Augsburg College's Daily Chapel Service with me and the Augsburg Choir
When:  Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:40-11 a.m.
Where:  Hoversten Chapel inside the Foss Lobeck Miles Center, 625 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spirit of Peace Meditation Walk Continues!

Greetings, all,
You all are due a wrap-up post from Day 4-6 from the pre-Inauguration Meditation Walk schedule.  And more background about the Spirit of Peace and its 1989 pilgrimage to Russia and its sister US tour in 1993.  Soon, I promise!

My partner Patti and I are continuing the Meditation Walk with twice a week frequency.  Join us*!  We're aiming for every Tue & Sat afternoon, but it shifts due to conflicting appointments and life commitments.  Here's the dates for February: 
  • Fri, Feb 3
  • Tue, Feb 7
  • Sun, Feb 12
  • Tue, Feb 14 (I love this falling on Valentine's Day!)
  • Sun, Feb 19
  • Tue, Feb 21
  • Sat, Feb 25
  • Tue, Feb 28 (Arts Advocacy Day!)
* Learn the song and read more background here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

SHHH Guests, 1/19

Tonight is the inaugural Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts (SHHH!) at the East Side Freedom Library!

I'm excited that we'll be gathering together to use our voices to speak our truth, weave them together with the truth-telling voices of others, and practice the act of welcoming others, making space for all voices to belong, adapting to the needs and will of all present.  These are skills so needed, especially with diverse gatherings of folks. 

We will have some special song/dance leader/carriers in our midst. 
  • My friend Saleem Adam will be sharing some Dances of Universal Peace. 
  • Laura Nelson who hosted the Election Eve Sing in St. Louis Park will be joining us too! 
Bring water and a chair or cushion to sit upon.  Tonight we'll be in the lower level meeting room, so enter the front doors, hang a right and go down the stairs.  There won't be many chairs available to us as a larger group will be meeting upstairs after us.

Sing with you soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mid-point Reflections on Spirit of Peace Walk

My partner and I have really enjoyed our daily hour of intention together over the past three days. Here's a few of our reflections:

Day 1, Sunday, January 15
It's a beautiful sunny day. We gotta wear shades (I'm evidently a child of the 80's). 
Check out that amazing blue sky!  (No filter) Photo by Points of Light Music.
And look there's another labyrinth popup! 
Fresh snow canvas = snow labyrinth potential.  Glad someone used it!  (Photo by Points Of Light Music)
There's a few visitors touring the new finished renovations of the capital building. One guy asks: "Are you guys drunk?"  I reply, "No, we're stone sober." 

Start with setting intentions in front of the Veterans Service Building. We walk down the right side. Shuffle across the street. Restart again. The sidewalk has a pattern of a darker on-point square in the middle of the typical concrete and I enjoy watching my shadow spread my justice and peace energy as I walk up using the angles as my guide.  We find ourselves in front of the steps and sing a reminder of the light and love in every person. End with gratitude. 

Then we ventured inside for a look-peek. Do a little impromptu humming in the rotunda. And then walk back the other side of the mall. 


Day 3 walkers:  Patti, Saleem, and Conie
Day 2, Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr holiday
Weather: overcast but not windy or freezing. I didn't wear my snow boots or extra cushy socks so my toes get cold. 
Walkers: Patti, Saleem, and I 

 
As we three are chatting by the Gold Star Table, I notice capital security has pulled into the parking lot. Since it's a federal holiday, we're the only ones parked there. We trot over to ask if it's ok and confirm the holiday and that the meter doesn't need to be fed. We're fine, he reassures us. 
 
Convening in front of the Veterans Service Building I notice the beautiful lotus-like sculpture in the center of the fountain(?). Does anybody know its background or its creator? There's so much beautiful and meaningful memorial installations on the Capital grounds. If you haven't had a chance go and explore! 

Today we decide to walk the left side up to balance what we did yesterday. It's lovely having another person to add to our harmony. As we make our way across the lower quad, I notice another (the same?) security vehicle in a different lot. They seem to be watching us? When we reach the street, we sing but don't walk the slow pace across. Over the course of the chant we advance 8 steps so crossing a four lane street would take at least 4 repeats. Not worth risking our safety or inviting question. 

I've been watching two group of folks milling about on the capital steps since we started. Now that we're closer it seems like some are logistics organizers for the Women's March and another group is live streaming a promo of the musical acts appearing at the March ... But we don't know that until we've photo (video?) bombed part of it. Oops! 

Today's trio ends by climbing the steps to the capital doors (locked due to the holiday) and then sending out prayers of blessings for all people from that incredible vantage point that views the river straight ahead and the Cathedral of St. Paul slightly to the right. 

Day 3, Tuesday, January 17
Weather: overcast like yesterday. It rained overnight and at home I slipped on the slanted, wet icy sidewalk (triple threat, can't win!) and fell on my tush taking out the recycling last night. Fortunately, the capital grounds folks are totally on it and the sidewalks are well salted for the opening of this week's session. Thank you! 

Our feet stepping out at the Vietnam War memorial installation at the Capital.
(Photo by Points Of Light Music)
Walkers: it's just Patti and I. We walk the labyrinth that appeared the other day, check in, and then head to our starting place. Today there are folks working in the buildings and walking here and there. A different vibe than the last couple days. But we begin again. 

Setting our intentions we recognize the cloud of witnesses surrounding us and this place, all people from the past, including the indigenious, and future as well as the thousands planning to be attending the March on Saturday. It is a bit awesome to behold. 

Today's variation: after we cross the street, instead of remaining in a single file line, I wave Patti to join me so we are side-by-side. A year and a half ago, I was leading this Dance at Village Fire with one other person. We modifying it for the two of us and I was floored by the feeling of strength I felt walking side by side as we crossed a field. That experience has stayed with me and continues to prod me with this public practice. The dream has evolved to include variations of groups of people walking toward each other and becoming a partner dance where they meet, turning together as they move through each other. Some day...

We reach the lower steps and move through our closing ritual. Our closing song are the words of Joe Miller, a Buddhist blessing: "May all beings be well / May all beings be happy / Peace, Peace, Peace."

But I know another version of it with an additional line and it was calling to me on my drive home yesterday. Saying "I need to be said." The line is "May all injured be healed." Telling my partner this, she affirms it is important to recognize this. We gloss over trauma in so many ways and the only way to move forward is to recognize it. Otherwise it gets stuffed down and remains undealt with causing unforeseen problems in the future.

May all beings be well,
May all beings be happy, 
May all injured be healed.
Peace, Peace, Peace. 

May we be open to the vulnerability required to admit our mistakes and learn from them. To rise over and over again. One step at a time 

We step forward again for the next three days. Join us at 2p in front of the Veterans Service Building or from work, home, or wherever you are. More details here.  Peace and blessings. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spirit of Peace Walk

I've been getting nudges to do Dances in public places for months.  It's a bit daunting, to step out, but I've been accruing support from friends and ancestors to do it.  And yes, it is time. 

Spirit of Peace Walk

When:  Starting Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Everyday at 2p until Inauguration Day, Jan 20.*
What:  Walking/singing Spirit of Peace (see below).  If this calls to you, please join me in person or in spirit where you are. 
Where:  Meeting at Gold Star Table west of the courtyard in front of the Veterans Service Building. (map)
 
Gold Star Table with the Minnesota State Capital in the background.

* Depending on interest, this may continue daily for awhile with a transition to a different frequency (weekly, monthly?) after that.

Song words: 
Spirit of Peace
To your cause we give our strength
That love may reign and wars may cease
Mir, Miru, Mir*

* "Mir, Miru, Mir" is a Russian play for "Peace, peace on earth."  (There's a lot more history about this song that I'll share at a different time)



Movements:  Please follow the leader for variations on following.  Each line corresponds with a line of the chant.
  1. Start with hands cupped in front of heart, spreading/opening arms out over phrase and walking
  2. Continuing to Walk, hands on shoulders with people next to you
  3. Make one Turn in place
  4. Make a Slow Bow over the course of the phrase
Dance Doodle:  Spirit of Peace

Group Full Voice sessions: Jan & Feb 2017

Here's three open group Introduction to Full Voice sessions you can sign up for: 
  • Thursday, January 26, 6-7:30p @ SMEC
  • Thursday, February 9, 6-7p @ Holistic Gateway - RSVP here
  • Thursday, February 23, 6-7:30p @ SMEC - Register here
Class Fee:  $10-20/person
Ask Questions:  email shine@pointsoflightmusic.net or call/text 612-756-8011. 

See location details below.

Your Full Voice is made of 5 Elements:  Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, Air
Location details: 
  • SMEC = St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave, St. Paul, MN. (map) Review the sign in the lobby for location, but likely to be in the choir room.
  • Holistic Gateway is 1415 6th Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN. (map) Enter the front door and climb the stairs to the second floor. 

If these times and locations don't fit your schedule, please contact me.  I'm happy to work with you to find other times and locations.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Singing Recommendations: Melanie DeMore & Spring SiL

Singing opportunities abound this spring!  Mark your calendars for these events.

Melanie DeMore is doing a couple of events this weekend with VocalEssence.  All FREE!  Here's the details to register for Friday night's Community Sing and Saturday's Together We Sing Festival.

She is fabulous.  See her latest call and echo song written in November 2016: 



Barbara McAfee has announced the Spring dates for Singing in the Light.  Mark these delicious Sunday afternoon sound baths in your calendar too.
  • January 22
  • February 12
  • March 12
All from 4-6 p.m.  All in the Art Gallery at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Singing the Light. (some times we touch, but not often if that's not your thing)

SHHH! reborn at East Side Freedom Library

We're excited to announce the re-emergence of SHHH!

New Name:  Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts!  (SHHH!) in the Library
New Location:  East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
New Times:  6-7:30 p.m.

The inaugural event will be on Inauguration Eve, Thursday, January 19, 2017 to follow up with the Election Eve sings organized by the Center for American Studies at Concord. 

For the rest of the spring, hungry hearts are invited to gather on the 1st Thursday of the month.
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
Suggested Donation:  $5-10 per person, but don't let a fee keep you away.  All voices are needed! 

Why?  Humans have been singing together for thousands of years to fill their spirits with community, pass on stories, and express joy, grief, and everything in between.  Around the campfire, every voice was honored and respected for their contribution.  Have we lost touch with this in our digital world?  Let's reignite this flame and rebuild our heart to heart connections. 

Come!  The voice you speak with is enough.  This is not a performance. 
Come!  You don't need to know any songs.  The songs will be taught to you. 
And if you have a song to share, wonderful! 
Come!  It is time to create beauty with the raw materials of our bodies, breath, and vibrations. 
Time to rewrite a culture of hope, strength, and love in our hearts and communities.