“I’m Too Busy to Sing in the Choir”

In his book “Crazy Busy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap,” Edward M. Hallowell writes about how he knew he had crossed over from busy to crazy busy when he got mad at a rotary phone because of the time it took to turn back. After calming himself, he timed how long the dialing actually took—11 seconds. In our busy world of Google and iPhones we spend so much time with our minds on what we have to do that we label ourselves busy at all times. When I came to UUCA nearly a year ago I would meet people who told me they loved to sing. I would invite them to join the Phoenix choir on Wednesday evenings and two Sundays a month to receive an immediate response of, “I’d love to, but I’m just too busy.” Too busy to sing? But that’s impossible!

Then I realized that the way many people perceive the music program at UUCA might be skewed. I realized that many think about time spent in the Phoenix Choir as “wasted time” during which they could be working or recovering from work. If you ask a member of the Phoenix Choir I assure you you’d receive a different point of view.

“No matter how bad a day I’ve had, singing at choir rehearsal makes it better.”
-Pam Kilmer

”Rehearsal is a fun and playful time. It is a great pleasure losing myself in music from all over the world.”
-Bill Rawles

“If you have always had a secret desire to sing, UUCA Choir is a welcoming place to do it.”
-Bruce Gaunt

“Being in the choir helps me learn more about music and adds meaning to my life. Working on a beautiful piece of music is a wonderful experience and a privilege.”
-Norma Huff

Time spent making music at UUCA is not time wasted or relinquished. It is time spent wisely, time invested in yourself. It is a time to learn and grow musically, spiritually and in community.

British composer Brian Eno said, “I believe in singing together. I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor.” It is not something that you have to do but something that will enrich your life and that you’ll look forward to every week. I have had a wonderful first year here at UUCA and I am looking to dive into year number two. We will open this year with a Sunday afternoon retreat on August 30. It will be a time for members new and old to get to know each other and to start our year with some serious momentum. One Sunday this spring the choir will be performing a major work in place of a sermon giving us a chance to work towards something big together. There are dozens or even hundreds of members and friends of UUCA who have a musical past. I strongly believe there are dozens or even hundreds who have a musical future within these walls.

If you are interested in joining us, drop me an email at dmilton@uuca.org or give me a call at 404-634-5134 x224.

My very best wishes,
Don
Don Milton III, Director of Music