“The inexpressible joy of song” were the words one of our members used in a recent facebook post, that’s what we experience each week at Melbourne Contemporary Choir rehearsals. Two of the children of one of our founding members were surprised, to say the least, to hear that the group sing songs from Adele and Beyonce and they had a great time with their family belting out their own rendition of “Halo” and “Hello” around the piano.
These are just two of our members stories who have found a genuine group of people who love to sing and create music together. I’m not sure why I feel so energised after a night at MCCHOIR - but there’s something about many voices joining together to create something special that captures my imagination and does my soul good.
A recent report linked music with life memories and made the profound statement that music is truly “the soundtrack of our lives”. Just this week Amy Grant and Tori Kelly teamed up to release a 25th Anniversary rendition of the #1 hit “Baby Baby” which first hit the airwaves in the early 90s. You can watch the lyric video here. The song earned Amy three Grammy nominations in 1992 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Amy and Tori have kept true to the melody and essence of the song and for me it brought back so many memories of when the song first released in my early years of University. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed singing along to the entire original album “Heart in Motion” since. Some songs just capture our imagination and reignite memories of a time and place gone by and seem timeless to us because music is so personal. The song “Baby Baby” was originally inspired by Amy’s young daughter at the time, although it also does have romantic connotations. She recalls performing it at the Oscars in the 90s and having her daughter join her on stage late that night to share her inspiration for the song.
“Sing and make music in your heart” is my mantra for life really. It doesn’t matter who’s listening – it could be just you and the shower, but never give up on humming a tune or singing along to your favourite radio tune. Even if no one else hears, you’ll have done yourself some good.
Creative Director & Founder
Melbourne Contemporary Choir
Jason or (Jase) as he likes to be called is Founder & Creative Director of Melbourne Contemporary Choir (MCCHOIR) and is a passionate musician who wants to bring his love for music to a broader audience.
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