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–RSVP TO: avandlt@cruzio.com for link, password and song sheets

Saturday, February 27; Saturday, March 27;
Saturday, April 24; Saturday, May 22;  Saturday, June 12 all @ 1pm on Zoom.

Single event tickets: sliding scale $10-20 via my paypal link–or pay for all 5 events at once, sliding scale $50-100.

2021-01-29  SPECIAL COMMUNITY SINGING EVENT January 30th @ 1:15pm Pacific/4:15pm Eastern, “Planetary Survival & Communal Singing”  featuring myself, along with Annie Patterson, Emma’s Revolution, Lea Gilmore, Jane Sapp, Melanie DeMore & Peter Blood. For details & registration: peoplesmusic.org/event-4115935 

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! NOTE in Jan 2021: mission accomplished!
And let’s not let COVID stop us from singing!   To that end I will be hosting Saturday afternoon sing-alongs on Zoom, beginning in September.
Here’s how it will work:   I will send out an “invitation” via e-mail.   Once you RSVP, I will send you the unique Zoom link and password to attend (this is to avoid the “Zoom-bombers” who troll Zoom meetings), as well as 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 ask for a suggested sliding scale, 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!

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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!