Tonight I had a new experience - one should always be open to new things, right? It was fun, exhilarating.... and downright nerve wracking. Roughly half of the large Ladies Choir that I sing in, did a Flash Mob in the food court of our local shopping mall. It was totally unrehearsed, and pulled off with very little organization. Our directions were simple: Show up and don't be late. Find a spot, and sing loudly. That was it. For those of you who have never heard of a Flash Mob, it is a "surprise sudden mass gathering, unanticipated, except by its participants". Most involve a musical performance, perhaps with choreography. Probably the most well known Flash Mob is the T Mobile Dance Commercial which you can watch here.
Of course, we did not dance. We just sang, unaccompanied, one piece - Go Tell It on the Mountain. I was lucky(?) enough to be in the first group of four to start, so yes, we were a little nervous, having no idea what the reaction would be. But we were fine once we got going and other members stood and joined in. The looks on people's faces was priceless, and the applause at the end told us that they did indeed enjoy this surprise performance. Merry Christmas Shoppers!
You can watch the two videos which have been posted to Youtube here and here.
"Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes