A Virtual Choir?
A few weeks back I preached a sermon titled The Flight From/To Conversation. It was about the ways we connect and communicate with one another. I focused particularly on new social media and technology, and how these mediums can shape who we are.
Check out this recent TED talk by composer/director Eric Whitacre who who has created three different virtual choirs.
In the talk he speaks about the process of building the choir and his own sense of connection with the singers. He then speaks about connections made between the singers themselves. There are many rich moments passed over without comment, like the the woman in Alaska whose husband told her she didn’t have the voice to be a part of a choir, but that she sang nevertheless. What affirmation of her gift to be a part of this – overcoming her husbands doubt and dismissal.
At the bottom of the page there is another video of Whitacre’s third virtual choir singing an original piece, “Water Night.”
The ability to connect is clearly powerful. But has something more than connection happened? And if so, has it generated the fruits of conversation – listening, taking time, showing patience, strength, forebearance and dedication to place?
What do you think?