Rise Up! Community Song Circles


Saturday Afternoon Sing-Alongs Virtual Community Song Circles w/ Aileen Vance
Singing out loud from our homes for fun and inspiration!  Coming together in persistence for songs of freedom & struggle, hope & healing, peace & justice.
*all on Zoom until further notice–contact avandlt@cruzio.com for link, password and song sheets

Saturday, September 26-“Hard Times Come Again No More”
Saturday, October 17-“VOTE!”
Saturday, November 14-Clouds & Joy! Songs of Celebration & Struggle
Saturday, December 12– “A Gathering of Spirits” Songs of comfort, celebration and remembrance in honor of all those we have lost in 2020

all @ 1pm on Zoom.

Single event tickets: sliding scale $10-20 via my paypal link–or pay for all 4 events at once, sliding scale $40-80.

August, 2020

Hi, everyone!
I miss you all more than words can say.   Thanks for all of the kind notes and requests for music.  As we head into fall, we are seeing that singing in groups is still as dangerous as going into a crowded casino with a bunch of un-masked bikers in a red state.   I had hoped that by September, it would be different, but I’m going to listen to the scientists and I won’t be hosting any public singing gatherings until it is deemed safe to do so.   In the meantime, let’s all do what we can to get out the vote, stay active and stay connected!
And let’s not let COVID stop us from singing!   To that end I will be hosting some Saturday afternoon sing-alongs on Zoom, beginning in September.
Here’s how it will work:   I will send out an “invitation” to RSVP your intention to attend.   Once you RSVP, I will send you the Zoom link and password to attend (this is to avoid the “Zoom-bombers” who troll Zoom meetings), as well as any song sheets and audio files.     Also included will be a link to a page where you can pay me for the event.  As always, I will ask for a suggested sliding scale with no one turned away, with the caveat than everyone honestly pay what they are able, so that all may sing.
We will have a sing-along set list, but can flex if the mood strikes us.    For anyone who hasn’t yet experienced a Zoom room, due to the inherent delay of multiple servers all coming from different locations, everyone will be muted while I lead….I always let everyone unmute for a big chaotic chord at the end of a session.   On the plus side, anyone can attend from anywhere in the world and you can bring any instruments or percussion you want to play along with.  You can also wear your pajamas :-).   I will be working a lot from “Rise Again Songbook” —if you want, you can purchase a copy from their online store: https://www.riseupandsing.org/songbooks/rise-again
I will post details and updates on my Facebook pages, my web site and via e-mail.   Practice videos will be posted on my YouTube channel and I will send out the links. For now, I hope you will save the dates on your calendars and plan to join me!

Click here to contact us for more information


Above: Community singing! photos from the big “Street Corner Choir” weekend January 19-21 in Santa Cruz. Members of several different choirs joined together and hit the streets to sing for peace & justice!