The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #64049   Message #1045108
Posted By: katlaughing
31-Oct-03 - 03:11 AM
Thread Name: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
Subject: RE: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
CU, it might have to do with the size of a group, too. The one larger group I went to was well organised, by a different woman each month, and almost always featured music, as a creative expression of whatever the focus was for that month's meeting.

The other group I met with was quite small. There were a couple of people who were very shy about singing, but once they learned the tune and I passed out the words, they'd join in.

I am solitary, too, miss those groups, but I've always "done my own thing." I don't know anyone in this area and have no idea what they might do here. I did try a women's drumming circle here and it was not at all what I expected...more instructional by one ego-driven person, with no room for spontaneity nor song. Not my cuppa!

It may also have to do with our culture. I was visiting with another Mudcatter recently who noticed a marked difference in the US and the UK, while visiting the UK. They were asking when our society (US) decided it was not "cool" to feel free to sing. They'd noticed in the UK that ordinary folks, on public transport or what have you, would just break out in song and others would join in. They felt that we've lost that over here, to our detriment. There seems to be a kind of unspoken inhibition which keeps folks from feeling free and spontaneous. Just a thought, fwiw.