Sing for Good singing challenge has been open for nearly two weeks and we have seen an array of amazing entries! Each performance captures the joy and happiness that group singing brings to one another and we are looking forward to seeing many more inspiring sings in the coming weeks. One entry we are loving though comes from our community partner OzHarvest.
The Australian band Air Land Sea has offered the song If You’ve Got Love in support of OzHarvest’s efforts to rescue food, educate and nourish Australians in need. The video captures recipients of OzHarvest food rescue services and features members of With One Voice Sydney and The Sydney Street Choir. You can check it out here.
We are delighted to work with OzHarvest, who provide suppers for several of our inclusive community choirs. Part of the donations raised from this Sing for Good entry will go to support the important work of OzHarvest. So please support this fantastic cause and give generously!
Air Land Sea is a new writing and recording project from songwriters Tony Buchen, Nadav Kahn and Lior. The single of If You’ve Got Love is out now on iTunes.
Watch, donate and vote for OzHarvest: http://singforgood.org/ozharvest-if-youve-got-love
Group singing inspires creativity, reactivates weary brains and improves our wellbeing in countless ways – international research is proving it again and again. So why don’t more businesses sing daily?
According to IBM’s CEO Global Study, which polled over 1500 executives across 60 nations and 33 industries, creativity is now regarded as the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing integrity and global thinking.
In today’s fast-paced business environment, creativity and innovation are a prerequisite for success, and possibly even survival. Yet in many companies there are no clear pathways for developing personal creativity. In fact, often those with the ideas are ignored or stifled, so that eventually their voices fall silent
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Some years ago I went to a corporate breakfast for International Women’s Day. The guest speaker was a life coach for women of power and influence. She referred to herself as a Persuasion Expert. She wore a pale lemon suit and exhorted us to set our goals. She talked about the imperative of women finding their voice.
I imagined all the husbands, at home, rolling their eyes.
“Find your voice? Find the off-button, more likely.”
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Chaos theory is a mathematical field of study that explores the behaviour of highly sensitive systems to different conditions. It is best recognised by the response the conditions create which is called the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect is most easily explained by the famous metaphor, if a butterfly were to flap its wings in Brazil, would it set off a tornado in Texas? Put simply the butterfly effect is a metaphor for change.
If an action as small as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can create a tornado, then we as people must be capable of huge changes. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create change? Change can be large or it can be as small as the man at the MCG who stands up and begins the Mexican wave. By doing this small act and changing status quo, what effects come of it?
We are all agents of change. On the 1st of December in 1955, an African-American woman by the name of Rosa Parks, a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), was asked to give her bus seat up to a Caucasian man by a bus driver named James F. Blake. Ms. Parks refused and was arrested. Her simple act went on to become one of the greatest symbolic moments of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
June 5 1989 an unknown man walked out onto Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and stood in front of a parade of advancing tanks. The first tank attempted to drive around the man who moved to block their path. The footage was seen across the world, and one man’s simple act of passive resistance helped draw world-wide attention to the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the Chinese government.
At the end of the round four AFL clash between St. Kilda and Collingwood in 1993, Neil Elvis “Nicky” Winmar lifted his St. Kilda jersey and pointed to his skin. The act was in response to racial slurs directed at Winmar by Collingwood supporters due to his Indigenous heritage. The defiant and powerful act has been credited as one of the major actions leading to the creation of the anti-vilification code in Australian Rules football.
This year on 1 August entries open for Sing for Good. By getting together in a group of two or more you can help bring an end to social isolation and connect every postcode in Australia through once voice. All you need to do is gather a group, sing a song and enter your video. Your voice, like the butterfly’s wings or the man leading the Mexican wave, could be the catalyst for change that brings happiness to the lives of many people less fortunate.
Big change can come from the tiniest of actions. Think about it, if we all start singing together how far can our voices travel?
A sports nut discovers top athletes’ secret musical weapons.
Pump up songs are well known sources offer motivation and there are countless studies into the effects of music on exercise. There is even a website called www.jog.fm which finds the perfect songs for people to run to. It does this by syncing beats per minute of a song with the time and pace it takes you to run a kilometre. Around the world supporters sing songs at stadiums to inspire and celebrate their heroes. So, let’s take a look at some of the different kinds of music different kinds of athletes listen to in order to get them in the zone!
New Zealand All Blacks – Rugby Union – The Haka
The haka is the traditional war dance performed most famously by the New Zealand national rugby team. It has been performed before games since 1905 and sends shivers down opposition player’s spines. While this one probably won’t be on your iPod, it’s a great example of how culturally interlinked music and sport can be.
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavillers/NBA – Four Kicks by Kings of Leon
The NBA has 82 games in a regular season plus playoffs. Playoffs are made up by three best of seven series before you reach the finals. These means on top of the 82 regular games, there can be at most 27 playoff games before another four to seven finals games. This is a lot of games for anyone! So it’s no wonder that “The King” LeBron James listens to fast and up tempo music to get him in the zone before leading his team out. This year LeBron has the chance of forming his own legacy of greatness, and can often be seen getting into the zone with his headphones on before games start.
Ana Ivanovic – Tennis Player – Memories by David Guetta
Singles tennis can be a very solitary game with countless hours alone working the courts. There are no time limits on games. The longest ever being eleven hours and five minutes was at Wimbledon in 2010. The shortest was 25 minutes. This shows the resilience required for being a true title contender; it also highlights the mental strength of lone athletes going out with no teams to support them. With its rapid bass line and easy lyrics, David Guetta and Kid Cudi’s song Memories helps get Serbian superstar Ana Ivanovic ready to take on the best in the world. Currently ranked number seven in the world, Ivanovic will be hoping this banger can get her back to the form that saw her take out the French Open in 2008.
Nick Riewoldt – St. Kilda Saints/AFL – England by The National
Australian Rules Football is like no other sport in the world requiring elite cardio ability combined with incredible body strength. Normally excelling at one sees the other decline. The game also requires courage, awareness, elite skill, work ethic, and physicality. Nick Riewoldt is known to uphold all of the qualities considered to be a star of the game. With a game requiring such a range of ability and concentration it’s no wonder his pre-game pump up ritual includes listening to American Indie band The National. England is progressive rock song that starts off slowly building towards a blistering end. Ideal for when you are psyching yourself up to a physically demanding challenge.
What do you think? Will any of these amazing athletes secret songs inspire you to hit the ground running?
Favourite songs from a closet karaoke king.
Run out of song ideas for your shower, choir or Sing for Good entry? Fear not! Here are a few great tunesI love that sound amazing when sung with a group. Some are well known. Some are outside-of-the-box. All of them are amazing! Are you game to try them?
Are there any I missed? Post your suggestions!
It’s National Volunteer Week and Creativity Australia’s With One Voice family wants to say a big thank you to our 100 volunteers who support and contribute to the community every week.
Without their ongoing support, the With One Voice choirs wouldn’t be able to operate as successfully as it does and for that, we are truly grateful.
Together, our volunteers and other wonderful team members are helping change the world… one voice at a time. Creativity Australia’s aim is to bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing, choirs and singing projects. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures.
Coinciding with Volunteering Australia’s motto this year, our team members share the same value: Give Happy, Live Happy.
I had no idea what to expect heading into the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for my first With One Voice choir. I had just landed a gig as an intern for Creativity Australia and assumed I’d be there in an ‘observational’ capacity. That assumption proved to be incorrect. I’d never sung in a choir before, let alone publicly, and was nervous about to be doing so.
As I stood awkwardly wondering what I had got myself into it was suggested I go and join the “boys”. The boys, or the bass section, consisted of six men all much older than me, yet some were years apart from one and other. Summing up the situation I attempted to sneak into the back row unnoticed, but this close knit gang of basses weren’t about to just let anyone in.
“A tall older man turned and looked at me.
He offered me his hand and joyfully asked “do you sing often?” “No, not really,” I said. He smiled before saying,
“You have a voice. That’s a start”.”
The tall man then introduced me to the rest of the boys, each as welcoming as he. After being accepted into the “gang” I noticed how much they enjoyed bouncing off one and other, telling stories, and checking up on other members. As more basses arrived I was continually introduced and made to feel welcomed in their jokes and chit chat.
As Kym, the choir conductor, began to take the warm up I got a chance to see how excited everyone was to start singing. Some focused their breathing to prepare themselves, others joked and smiled, and some just sat there content in the company of others. Yet the fact remained, the most daunting part was coming, and the singing was about to commence.
Kym stood before us with the song lyrics we were about to tackle projected brightly for all to read. As we went through our warm up I tried to sing under my breath, as not to offend anyone with my untried voice. Before we sang the first song together Kym broke it down into sections and helped everyone to understand their role. With each attempt I began to grow with confidence, as if I was catching it from the other choir members by seeing their joy manifest through their singing.
I couldn’t help but feel the sense of anticipation building to start singing as one. Once Kym was satisfied everyone felt comfortable we began our first group rendition. Any nerves or fears I had quickly vanished as the energy, joy, and passion quickly became contagious.
“Before I knew it I was singing as loudly as anyone else,
and dare I say it I think I sounded pretty good!
But my individual performance didn’t matter, as the
sound of so many different and unique voices from people all sorts of backgrounds became one. I couldn’t help but feel camaraderie and a sense of inclusion.”
We went on to sing another two or so songs and by the choirs end not only did I feel a part of it, I felt I had truly enjoyed it. As the singing ended the Sofitel provided supper for the choir members; a chance to move around the room and talk to people in different parts of the choir. I quietly slipped out feeling uplifted, with a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment, with my previous perceptions completely re-shaped.
Never before have I taken a chance to sing in a choir. After my experience at With One Voice I realised what I have been missing out on. There is something so liberating about singing, and when you’re given the chance to be who you are and sing, I highly recommend you take it. You will not regret it, how could you?
Find your local With One Voice choir at www.creativityaustralia.org.au