A Special Thank You

The chairs have been folded, the music sheets picked up and the few remaining crumbs of lefse swept away.

Before life resumed like a normal Monday, Dave and I stole a few minutes this morning to relive the beauty of yesterday’s Canvas events.

When people come together to make something beautiful, something great happens. Children sit up taller with bright shining eyes. Smiles flame over the space like a current. Thoughts of good memories unites us. 

And in that moment when a room full of friends, neighbors and strangers sing in harmony, we are reminded how good it is to be alive. To breathe into a new song and new territory.

I cannot thank you enough for the gift that was our time spent together yesterday. When you come into our home with such openness and gratitude, it changes the space around us. 

When I walked into my kitchen this morning, my first thought was not the six-foot-tall pile of dishes in the sink. But of the hands that served the food, the people who enjoyed it and those who cleaned it up happily afterward.

When I’m sweeping the floor, I’m thinking of the hundreds of feet that heard the Jollys infectious songs on the way in the door.

When I look at that big black box of wood, metal and strings sitting in my living room, I think of the gift it has been in my life to experience human moments like everyone singing “Night of Silence” from such a special point of view.

When I left our building this morning to take Sadie to school, I also thought of the world outside our door. About those who could really use a special human moment in their lives. 

We wish you and yours the very best of holidays,

Lynn, David and Sadie

Our First Audience Choir

On Sunday, December 4th, Canvas invites you to be a part of our first ever Audience Choir. We will be singing Daniel Kantor's "Night of Silence/Silent Night." If you have sung in a choir before, you will likely know which of the four parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass) to sing. 

Not sure which part fits you? Here are the general guidelines:

Men and Women are most commonly divided into 'high' and 'low.' If you are female, high voices are called SOPRANOs (think Katy Perry, Mariah Carey). Lower voices are ALTOs (Adele, Karen Carpenter). If you are male, low voices are called BASSes (Crash Test Dummies), higher voices are TENORs (Justin Timberlake, Peter Pan).

In our piece for Sunday, you will be divided simply into two parts: men and women. 

The most recognizable part of a piece of music is the 'melody.' Things that accompany melodies are called 'harmony.' When you first learn to sing in a choir, staying on your part is the most challenging task. You can expect that to be a challenge. That is totally normal. Just keep practicing, and be sure to listen.

I chose this piece because it features a beautiful type of harmony: a DESCANT.

A descant is a secondary melody that A) in and of itself is interesting, and B) goes well with a familiar melody. In this case, the Christmas carol "Silent Night."

Thank you for giving this a try! I look forward to hearing everyone on the 4th.

- Lynn