The Harmony Project – Sing, Serve, Share

What do you get when you have a choir which does not require auditions? You get a tremendous amount of harmony, but not just the musical kind. From a recent CBS Sunday Morning report, David Brown has formed a choral group whose primary purpose is to bring different kinds of people together to sing, serve and share.

Based in Colimbus, Ohio, its members must serve the community in various community projects, as well as practicing and performing. During the interview, Jane Pauley talked with what sounds like the set-up to a joke – a CEO, a warden and a Rabbi. These diverse people epitomize what the group is all about – getting to know people who are different from you, then realizing how similar we are.

Brown has even taken this concept into the warden’s prison where female inmates have their own chorus. Recently, the incarcerated chorus joined the larger one for a performance, which brought down the house.

Brown’s history has been one of being diverse. It started in high school when he moved into a new school district and was the lone white student at an African-American school. In college, he came out as a gay man. So, getting along as the non-main stream person has formed his bent toward diversity.

The Harmony Project is such a positive effort to bring out the best in us. While these examples happen on a daily basis, we need to celebrate them and our humanity by sharing our common threads. This is what America is all about. It is not finger pointing and hate speak. Let’s bring America together by celebrating our diversity, as well as these common threads that bind us.

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14 thoughts on “The Harmony Project – Sing, Serve, Share

  1. That is an uplifting story!

    Many people find it awkward to interact with a stranger, though once converstions more forward, it’s more comfortable and often rewarding. What’s difficult is that first step of lowering one’s personal wall….

    It would be wonderful if this triggered an increase in interactions between strangers, and realize that we’re all part of the same fabric….

    • Lisa, you do this as well as anyone. With your paint brushes, camera and welcoming smile, you are indeed the pied piper of Ecuador. Keep on keepin’ on, Amiga. Keith

    • Erika, totally agreed. I do think there is a lot more good going on which we need to celebrate more. The very community minded reaction led by the governor and mayor after the Charleston Church shooting is one example. I haven’t though of Up with People in years. Very good analogy. Keitj

      • Yes, even when bad things happen it only causes more love to emerge! It is funny, I guess it is the 3rd time within 24 hours that I say this: Those terrible happenings in the world actually help us to grow together again!

      • Erika, how we react is very important. We should not rush to judgment and we should not blame groups for the actions of a few, as we have been discussing on your blog, with respect to the Berlin event. A key lesson our President-elect does not seem to get is he makes us less safer by blaming groups. The greatest advantage we have over terrorists is exemplified in the Mayor of London being a Muslim man. Muslims have a key place in our societies and are a vital part of the western world.

        When people who look like me say others don’t belong here, I think immediately that we took the country from Native Americans, so we don’t really belong here either. We took the land by all means necessary. And, I wrote recently about Genghis Khan. Our history would be a lot different if his troops finished the conquest of Europe and did not get called back.

        Keith

    • Hugh, absolutely. I think they are going on more than we know, it just is not as loud as negative news. There is an interfaith group here called Mecklenburg Ministries that does a good job of reaching across diverse faiths. Keith

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