SINGING INTO THE HEART OF THE DARK
A WINTER SOLSTICE ZOOM SING FOR WOMEN WITH SUSAN ROBBINS (LIBANA"S FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
Gathering to honor the shortest day in circle and song has been a beloved ritual for many of us over the last decade. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic crisis, we will gather for the first time onscreen in a zoom sing --but, as always, we will indeed give collective honor to this important day in the cycle of the Earth's turning! Bring your sisters, mothers, daughters, friends to share in this communal musical gathering, as we sing easily learnable rounds and chants honoring the gifts of the dark, summoning the return of light to shine into these especially dark days, and bearing witness to the cycles and spirit of our beloved Earth.
TWO DATE OPTIONS: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th (Solstice Eve) or MONDAY, DECEMBER 21st
TIME: 7-9pm EST (a little longer than my usual zoom sings) Please make sure you convert the start time to your time zone!
COST: Suggested donation: $20 per person, per Sing (less if you can't, more if you choose)
All registration details and a description of what to anticipate are below.
During these deeply challenging and unsettling times singing helps keep us connected to our soul, soothe our anxious spirit, renew and replenish our vitality, heal our ragged hearts, and realign with the power of hope. Singing also helps us envision, intend, and strengthen our resolve to create the more kind and just world we want to live in! My intent is for these Winter Solstice Sings to be healing and inspirational musical experiences for all of us.
And you do not need to live in Massachusetts!!!! Please spread the word to friends and family far and wide!
I will be doing a short energizing and centering vocal warmup, and then leading 6 to 8 songs per Sing. I likely will intersperse a poem or two. The experience will be akin to that of chant--I will be choosing simple, easily learnable short rounds and chants with beautiful melodies and inspiring words. After doing a brief teaching of each song, we will sing them together for awhile, deepening as we go. I will be singing, and accompanying the songs on a beautiful Steinway baby grand piano. You can sing in unison with me, create your own harmonies, sing in canon with me (if we are singing a round), or improvise around me. Whatever inspires you!
Because of the limitations of Zoom and other online formats involving the phenomenon of digital delay, we will all see each other sing together on screen, but we will not be able to hear each other--all singers will need to be muted. I will not hear you. Your experience will be singing along with me in duet and seeing each other enjoying raising our voice from our own homes.
Alone. Together. United at the Solstice
Feel free to pass the word along to sisters, mothers, and other women friends and family. Girls 14 and above are welcome to join if they are able to maintain a focus so as not to be distracting on screen. Please have Zoom downloaded into your computer and have a basic understanding of how to maneuver it so we do not spend time together working out technological challenges-- thank you!!!
1) Please email a response to me letting me know the date of the Winter Solstice Sing you would like to register for (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2) Suggested donation: $20 (less if you can't, more if you choose). Please submit a payment in advance at your earliest convenience in one of these two ways:
a) Click here and use the donate button to process an online credit card or paypal payment and PLEASE MAKE A NOTE with your payment about which Sing you are registering for.
b) Please send a check made payable to Susan Robbins to the following address: Susan Robbins, c/o Libana, Cambridge, MA 02140 along with the registration form below
For more information email email@example.com. You will receive the zoom link in an email on the afternoon of the Sing date you have chosen!
Please register me for the following Winter Solstice Zoom Sing:
SUNDAY December 20th (7-9pmEST) _____________
MONDAY December 21st (7-9pmEST) _____________
Enclosed is my payment of: ______