Thursday, March 16, 2017

There will be Light ...

The musical interlude this morning is a San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performance of "Light" --- from the 2008 rock musical "Next to Normal" (Tom Kitt/Brian Yorkey), winner not only of three Tony awards but of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well.

Good listening in what seem many days to be darkening times.

The video is part of an explanatory package, viewable here, for the SFGMC's upcoming October "Lavender Pen Freedom Tour" of several southern "red" states, including Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

You'll find the tour's back story onsite, too, but to summarize: SFGMC is the granddaddy of gay men's choruses, organized in San Francisco during the dark days following the 1978 assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. Similar choirs have spread in the years following to places as unlikely then as Des Moines, Iowa.

Originally, the chorus had planned a celebratory 40-year anniversary international tour, but shifted course after the divisive 2016 political campaign, figuring a little missionary work in U.S. "red" states might be more productive.

The choir won't be preaching, however, merely singing; and will be joined by members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

It's an interesting strategy, more positive than many adopted all along the political spectrum since November. And goodness knows, the mission field is wide open now that Christians, who once focused on winning souls, have for the most part shifted their attention to winning elections.

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