When I joined the BCCO chorus in January 2014, I originally thought that this adventure was primarily about singing…and I have found it to be thus, but much more. I had seen the movie “Forever Young at Heart” and observed in the movie that these chorus members (70-90+ years of age), were incredibly dedicated to singing in the chorus…in fact, they made statements that they were going to do this until they die. One fellow who was in the hospital noticed that the rehearsal was to be the next day and he proclaimed that he had to get out so he could go to the rehearsal…he was a sick person and died the next day. But that prospect didn’t seem to bother him at all – he just wanted to sing. So I closely observed the other singers in the BCCO chorus when I joined to see if they felt this way. And was struck by the similarity. I even observed a couple of older people attend the rehearsals and not sing – they just wanted to be there. And then I began to feel the same way as in the movie: I was going to sing in a chorus until I can no longer attend. So I began to wonder why this was so? Was it just the singing? And I realized that a chorus meets some very deep needs in us humans:
- We are social animals so we like doing things in groups.
- The whole endeavor is about making something beautiful together…we use the medium of music to accomplish this.
- We get to indulge in singing and making music.
- Each of us plays a role in the activity.
- We get to learn new music and expand our individual singing and musical abilities.
- We make new friends
- We do something of value to offer to others
- And there are probably other reasons I haven’t mentioned
- The point is, singing in the chorus is SO much more than just singing. And it taps into the very foundations of being human…and once this connection is made, we almost involuntarily sign up for life.