Singing in isolation,
Part III

This week it’s been tough to stay on track. There have been days where I really felt like singing, and days where I haven’t wanted to at all. I’ve often just wanted to cocoon. I’ve felt alternately overwhelmed, exhausted, euphoric, despondent,...

Singing in isolation, part II

Inspirational messages written on neighbourhood doors, Kitchener, ON March 26, 2020 It’s my second week of isolation as the COVID-19 virus takes over the world. Nothing is the same as it was. I’ve found solace in connecting with others (virtually, of...

Singing in isolation

Three Decembers: My abandoned project The world feels a lot different this week than it did last, doesn’t it? COVID-19 being declared a pandemic has sent many of us into a tailspin. Things that seemed secure are no longer givens. What might have been considered...

Buried treasure

Treasure in unexpected places (Photo: Kimberly Barber, 2020) This week I’ve been investigating what happens if I expect less and feel more. I’ve been willing to look into the dark corners of imperfection with the bright light of attention and discover...

That’s how the light gets in

The cracks are where the light gets in (photo: Kimberly Barber, 2020) Hats off to Leonard Cohen. His “Anthem” has been ringing in my head this week as I think about all the many ways that singing can help us to shine a light into our darkness. Endeavouring...

Upending the Practice

“A different perspective” Photo of Jana Philipp, 2016 To continue where we left off last week, some thoughts on un-practice. I’m borrowing the concept from William Westney, whose book The Perfect Wrong Note I mentioned in last week’s post. He...