If you haven't heard already, Birre is coming alive with the sounds of music.
It's been a few months now since we started our little singing group in the Anglican Church hall every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. And it's growing! Not just in singers but in enthusiasm.
Each session just seems to be getting better and better. More confident! More relaxed! More fun!
The group was spawned from the idea of bringing together Birre's community members from all walks of life to sing - with no particular aim in mind - just to enjoy the joy and have some fun. And last night was exactly that - a Super Fun night!
After practicing a tune that we'll join OMM with during the festival weekend, Nathaniel Taylor had us sounding fantastic with our brand new favourite song - Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready (beautifully sung by the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir - Hi Roz!). Now, while religion does tend to feature from time to time in some of the gospel songs we sing - I suppose that is the nature of Gospel - we haven't tied ourselves to the Holy Ghost. After listening and trying to sing along to some mind boggling tunes from US gospel heavy weight Kirk Franklin we kicked back with a few more familiar tunes Under the Boardwalk and Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher.
You'd think after all that singing we'd be done - but you'd be wrong. After a quick supper and wine break (many thanks to Gwen Koop!), we got straight back into some more sing-a-long fun, this time accompanied by Birre's new ukulele group and the lovely Denis on his clarinet.
We sung Paul Kelly's To Her Door, the good old Denver fave Take Me Home Country Roads, George Ezra's beautiful Budapest, and rounded it all off with a little love from Ben E King with Stand by Me.
With our adrenalin fully pumped and our feel good endorphins flowing freely into the night, every one of us left humming our favourite tune ready to count down the days to our next sing-a-long.