It’s been two months since I was in a SONG rehearsal space surrounded by bouncing kids and smiling volunteers, singing and playing and talking about our lives and our feelings. Two months feels like both a blink of an eye and an eternity. I am missing the people of SONG enormously.
I have realized that the 10 minutes we spend at the beginning of each rehearsal connecting and sharing about our moods, what’s happened in our day, and what we’re looking forward to in the days to come are a major source of joy for me. I love knowing what’s going on with this group of kids, and I love watching them take care of one another if they’re feeling down, cheer for one another when they have exciting news to share, and ask a million questions about each other’s lives. They care deeply about one another and I am always inspired by that.
SONG moved online the week after March break, and we teachers shared games and songs with our students via YouTube videos and Facebook chats. For me, there were two goals in making and sharing these videos:
- staying connected in whatever way possible, making sure our students know we’re still here for them and always will be;
- making a space for creativity and for expressing how we are feeling. Music allows us to process emotions in a way that almost nothing else can. When we sing and play we feel. Good or bad, it all comes out and I believe it is so important that everyone has a way to access and process their emotions at this time.
On this dreary Friday I want my SONG students and volunteers to know I’m feeling blue because I miss them and because of the weather. I’m yellow because I don’t know when we’ll get to practice together again and that makes me feel nervous and anxious. And I’m green because I just spent the last half hour thinking about SONG and all the fun we have together. I’d LOVE to hear from all of you what colour (mood) you’re feeling today.