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Reader Opinion: Singing our world back together again

Thanks also to all community performance groups, support and helping groups, school boards, teachers, city councils, elected leaders, working people, kids, seniors.

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Maybe it was the 70 adult singers representing 14 communities spread from Pine River to Sauk Rapids, Staples to Aitkin. Maybe 23 youth singers representing 12 schools drawn from seven communities. Maybe the CLC students who signed every song for those hearing impaired, present or online. The signing was so beautiful I could hardly look away to focus on the choirs. My eyes teared up at Legacy’s Christmas in November concert.

Maybe it was the ancient baroque opera they, accompanied by excellent instrumentalists, sang in Latin. I don’t speak Latin, but there was an English translation and the music was professionally performed, rich, powerful and filled with hopeful promise and praise of God. Maybe it was traditional carols, sung by both choirs. Memories of Christmas past. Children singing. My eyes teared up.

Maybe it was the fact that Legacy Chorale, along with so many other community arts, theater, and musical groups survived the killing nature of COVID-19 and are coming out on the other side, maybe even stronger than before. Maybe it was the fact that as I scanned the choirs and the huge audience around me, I couldn’t tell who was conservative or progressive, blue or red. We were seemingly united by wonderful music shared together. My eyes teared up.

Crybaby? Maybe. Thankful? Yes. I was filled with deep joy. We had another good election. Some I voted for, won. Some lost. All kinds of people are giving themselves away to help build a better community and world. I believe, despite division, that we are slowly starting to sing ourselves back together again.

Thanks Legacy. Thanks also to all the other community performance groups, support and helping groups, school boards, teachers, city councils, elected leaders, working people, kids, seniors. Can you hear the music?

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Darrell J. Pedersen

Baxter

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