Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday October 21, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Out Loud Chorus

 

continued

The lights go down, the lush red curtain is pulled back, and choir president Connie Jones introduces "Miss Celie's Blues," from The Color Purple. She reminds us that "Miss Celie's love helped her overcome abuse and discrimination and allowed her to live her life with pride — something we can all use a little more of." Then the women's section begins singing, "Sister, you been on my mind. . . ." It's sexy and soothing.

For some reason, I find myself overcome with emotion. I try sorting it out while the chorus sings its last number, "Love, Lift Us Up Where We Belong." We stand, applauding, and the chorus launches into an encore — "The Time Warp" again. This time the audience sings and dances too.

By now I understand why I'm overwrought with sadness. I'm remembering the reality of recent malicious acts against gay folks, in addition to their long history of discrimination and physical danger. My usual response is anger, but these happy folks singing with passion and pride about love, hopes, and dreams catch me off guard. I simply cry and sing along and pray that someday, Love will lift us up where we belong.

Out Loud presents its spring concert, It's Fundamental: Let Freedom Sing!, on Saturday, June 2, at Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare's Episcopal Church).

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Cosmogonic Tattoos
Jim Cogswell's ode to U-M artifacts
Lindsay-Jean Hard
Terry B's Sold
Coley O'Brien aims for middle ground.
Sally Mitani
Photo: Buck out back!
Jefferson Market
Your neighbor's place
Lee Lawrence
In the Rough at the AACC
While lawyers fight over its future, a suburban golf course goes back to nature.
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Neighborhoods - Logan
Beethoven for Refugees
"Ode to Joy" at Hill
Davi Napoleon
Nightspots: Rush Street
Today's Events
Social Services and Support Groups
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982