Monday, May 16, 2011

Day #216 Working Together

I love to step out on my deck and sing to my bees. I don't know if they enjoy it as much as I do, but their humming seems to increase while I'm singing. They're such fun to watch, too. I’m always intrigued with how well honey bees work together, each fulfilling her role (or his role—the drones have a part to play as well) without a hitch.

Saturday evening I had a chance to experience something like that when I sang with the Gwinnett Choral Guild. This was a weekend full of concerts – one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon. The theme was “America Sings” and we performed songs about love, war, peace, people & places, and praise.

I’ve enjoyed singing with the Guild for years now, and I have to say, we’ve managed some pretty impressive performances, but Saturday night’s concert was one magical beehive moment after another. I felt completely attuned to all the other singers and to the marvelously responsive audience. At the center of it all was our director, G. Phillip Shoultz III, who has done wonders with this particular old lady’s voice. He can pull music out of me that I didn’t know was in there.

Like a beehive, where every bee fulfills her role (whether she’s a nurse bee, house bee, guard bee, or forager bee), all of us singers—soprano, alto, tenor, bass—joined to bring alive the music of the spheres. We sang together the way bees work together.

Sitting here now, looking out the bay window at my hives, I can still feel the magic.

BEEattitude for Day # 216:
       Blessed are those who buzz mightily, for they shall abound with joy.

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