This morning’s Watertown Unity Breakfast was terrific. Great keynote speaker. Great essays from students. Well-deserved award for Watertown Savings Bank. But I’d trade it all for the singing.
It’s just so rare these days that people come together to sing. We’ve made singing into a spectator sport, so that even at church people are afraid their voices “aren’t good enough” to participate.
I think that’s a huge loss. Singing unites in a way nothing else can. In song we share stories, affirm common values, synchronize our breathing, pass along history.
I loved hearing the Intergenerational Choir this morning, as well as Chosen Voices of Harmony. I loved singing “Lift Every Voice” with hundreds of neighbors. What would happen if the whole of Watertown gathered at Arsenal Park – Whoville style – and sang together?