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The One Heart Choir

Why I love the One Heart Choir

Members of the One Heart Choir express their gratitude for being part of the music ministry at the Center and tell the story of why they love to sing. Look for a different story every few weeks.

 

Every now and then I'm reminded that the songs we sing do count for something.  After having a "bad" day mentally and physically, I stopped in my tracts while listening to our downloaded music CD and took notice of the words of "Count Your Blessings".  Needless to say I took those words to heart, really listened...and all was well after that!  What a miracle!  No, really it was me slowing down and noticing my life and all the experiences that I am so blessed to have. 

Claire, great song you and Randal wrote.  Thanks...Olivia

 

I just wanted to express to you how wonderful it felt last week to become a New Heart!  Thank YOU Claire for all of your hard work and all of those that are your right-hand persons!  I have to admit that I felt over-whelmed, but it was a very good over-whelm!

It was so abundantly clear to me how much each person there loves and cares about their part in the choir and the role that it plays in the center community.  The first night was amazing, awesome, heart-felt.....I could go on and on.  Thank you over and over again. 

Blessings to you, Dinna

 

Thank goodness we are stuck with you Claire! I have learned more about singing, music, behaving, integrity, respect, showing up, being responsive, happiness, choosing, loving, boundaries, feeling included, listening to my own guides, working, paying attention, supporting, being available, opening up, breathing, and did I mention singing! That is in these four short months! I am letting my imagination wander to where I could be in 1 year, 2 years, and so on. With you as a leader, just your presence demands these things; your hard work, your diligence, your caring, your beautiful voice, are such examples. I feel blessed to be a part of such a great group with your leadership!
YAHOOOOOOOO! Happy to be stuck with you! You Rock!
In Happiness, Stacy

 

I also didn't take the time to express my appreciation for Claire.  She has been a light in my life over the past decade.  She has been an inspiration to me in how she led us consistently to improve and be our best;  how she helped me get to the edge of feelings where I could experience a presence not available during the rest of my life;  and how all she had to do was smile to brighten my days.  I was fortunate to spend an evening every week with her and all of you.  


Harvey

 

Singing with the One Heart Choir last Sunday takes me in and out of happiness and tears for each service we sing at. I've found I am opening my heart chakra in so many other areas of my life because of it. It extends into my work, my creativity, my relationships, love.....The heart combined with singing does amazing things to ones spirit.
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Why I Love to Sing in The One Heart Choir – Jo Lauer, Soprano

When I was a child, I remember holidays or Sunday gatherings of our multi-generational extended family after a huge meal of meat and potatoes, overcooked vegetables, and cherry or apple pie or whatever had been salvaged from the trees out back that year. We crowded into my Aunt’s family room, around the piano, on arms of couches, filling floor space. The kids, my cousins and I, always got to go first. We’d sing songs, create one-act plays, maybe do a tap dance routine while twirling batons. Whatever we did, it was to a rapturous audience.  

 

They loved us, we loved them, and we loved them loving us. Then the big folks would sing the “old time songs” that still linger somewhere in the back of my memory, and we’d all join in. This is where I learned harmony.  My Dad’s brother Bob and sister Charlotte would play the piano by ear, the various aunts, uncles, grandparents, and a few town elders thrown into the mix would pick out their parts and sing, if not always on tune, with more heart and soul than anyone on the radio.

When I was a teen, my cousin Ian died of a brain tumor. The family gathered a year later for vacation and to celebrate his life. We sat around one evening and sang, “I Come to the Garden Alone,” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” in three-part harmony. Not a dry eye in the house. We lightened up a little with “Sentimental Journey,” “Doodle de Do,” and “Go Tell Aunt Rhode.”

My parents are gone now; all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles preceded them. A few of my cousins have died, and the rest of us are spread all over the map. Singing in The One Heart Choir is a way of honoring my family, my connection to music and Spirit, to the beauty of energy vibrating through harmony. I am as much in service to my church family when I get to sing to you as I was singing to my Great Grammy Godlove. It’s a personal expression of love, from me to you, joined by all my choir “cousins,” in fabulous harmony. And so it is; and so it has always been. 

In deep gratitude,  

Jo Lauer

 

 

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Choir Members

  Alison Willits

Andrew Andrew Burton

   Anne Snyder

Barbara Stafford

  Betty Perkins

Bill Schaffer

  Calvin Johnson

CaroleWoodall  Carole Woodall

 Chris D Chris Davis

ChristiCorrad2i Christi Corradi

CindyCollins1 Cindy Collins

  Claire Victor

  Daisy Blincoe

DanicaSiegel Danica Siegel

DavidBurns David Burns

  David Colombo 

DennyPeterson Denny Peterson

  Dinna Lopez-Withrich

  Ed Myers

EsterJurick Ester Jurick

Francesca Cannavale

Gabriella Randozzo

GilBaxter Gil Baxter

HeatherRiley Heather Riley

   Jaci Oshun

JeannineHarris Jeannine Harris

Jeff Wong

 Jeffrey Nation

  Jessica Brandes

Jo Lasley

 Jo Lauer

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 Joan Etchandy

 

Joann Hawk

JoanneGoss Joanne Goss

JuliaHansen1 Julie Hansen

 JunellePorter Junelle Porter

KathrynJurick Kathryn Jurick

Kelly Metcalf

Laura LaVelle

LaurenColumbo Lauren Colombo

  Lea Sassone

 Leandra Swent

Linda Conner

LindaFrye Linda Frye

Linda Weber

LisaBarry  Lisa Barry

Lynne Adler

Marjorie Favuzzi

MelodieBelagio Melodie Belagio

MicahelWalsh Michael Walsh

MicheleBouvier Michele Bouvier

Mike Perkins

Morningsong

PattieAtwater1 Pattie Atwater

Pamela Letourneau Pamela Letourneau

 Pamela Lewis

PatEhrmann Pat Ehrmann

  Patrick Hardman

Priscilla Branthave

Robert Rockefeller

  Robin Smith

MsRosie Rosie Rodriquez

SeanBrown Sean Brown

Shafee Ballinger

Sharona Tracy

Sherry Lester

Stacy Sheridan

StevenAnderson Steven Anderson

Steve Sassone

SusanBennett  Susan Bennett

 SummerLarson1 Summer Larson

Susan Stewart Susan Stewart

  Suzanne Smith

Talley

TerriBurger Terri Burger

Tracy Luther-Brown

TriciaShanahan Tricia Shanahan

UschiSchnell Uschi Schnell

  Wyvonne Columbo

 In Remembrance. Thank you for sharing your gifts. May eternal light surround you.

  Myra Polikoff

  Murray Lewis

 

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