Whirled Peas ~

Why can’t we all just get along?

Unless you have your head buried firmly in deep sand, it’s hard to miss the sad fact that in this season of Peace and Love to All Mankind, our World is one giant mass of violence, greed and dysfunction.  It’s a mess and it seems that even the smartest minds in the free world have not been able to come up with a solution.  IMG_1003

Until now.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a fun and fabulous winter concert put on each year by the Seattle Men’s Chorus.  It was the perfect entry into this season of joy for much of the world.  This year’s theme – Baby its Cold Outside.  It was solemn. It was joyful. It was whacky fun and it was almost three hours of pure musical magic.  Loved. Every. Minute.

So what could a gay men’s concert possibly have to do with world peace?  Funny you should ask.  Toward the end of the show, after shedding their black suits and ties for Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops, we arrived at the audience participation part of the show.  Let me set the stage:  Benaroya Hall is a magnificent concert hall.  Large and  sedate.  The audience covered the full social spectrum – parents with kids, hipsters, grannies in Christmas sweaters and hats to match, couples of every strip and dot.   Most of these folks would not mingle on the street.   The conductor set about dividing the huge concert hall into sections for the singing of their tropical version of The Twelve Days of Christmas and everyone happily participated.   When the conductor pointed to a group, these folks – young, old, gay, straight, every shade of skin, leaped from their seats and joyfully (at the top of their lungs) sang their chorus and the refrain “a pineapple in a pear tree”.  Up-Sing-Down. Up-Sing-Down.  Like a well-oiled machine.  Everybody knew their line and valued everyone else’s contribution.  We each became an integral part of the whole.  Something bigger and better than each of us could be individually.  For ten minutes on the afternoon of December 1st we were ONE.  We shone brightly and all was right with the World.  Sounds like the makings of world peace to me.

Blessings for joy and peace and love and lots of home baked goodies.

And here’s a peak at their 2009 Christmas Show. 

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3 thoughts on “Whirled Peas ~

  1. Sounds like a great show! Loved this story. I agree reminding ourselves that we are all connected is a good way to promote peace. Furthermore, the arts are so good for the soul. I need to see some live theater soon. I miss it.

    Thanks for another great story! Happy holidays!

    • It was such great fun and it really got us all in the Christmas spirit. I’m hoping we can make it a new holiday tradition in Seattle. We did a team building exercise once at Mentor Graphics for one of our sales meetings. We were all at the Keller Auditorium with several members of the Oregon Symphony – about 800 of us employees. The conductor talked about the teamwork of a symphony and how each player was integral to the success of the whole. They played a bit and then we were all instructed to reach under our seats and we all had some sort of easy instrument – triangle, chimes, bells etc. and with him teaching us our parts and then conducting us – we played with the symphony. It was AMAZING! I still get chills when I think about it. You could hear a pin drop when we were finished – everyone was so moved by the experience. Good stuff.

  2. Thank you for your lovely review of Seattle Men’s Chorus’ concert! We will certainly share your thoughts on our social media!

    Here is a link to the video of two wedding ceremonies that took place this past Sunday (Dec 9) as part of the Baby, It’s Cold Outside concert. On top of everything else that was fun and joyous, these weddings were incredibly meaningful on the first day same-sex couples could marry in the state of Washington. Please share!

    Best,
    Matthew Arnold
    Marketing Manager

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