Sing…sing a song….

I am sitting at my desk listening to Led Zeppelin, What is and what should never be… and yet here I am using the Carpenters with my blog.  Go figure….I guess it doesn’t have to make sense…I mean really if life made sense then…
Words and Music by Joe Raposo; performed by the Carpenters

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things, not bad
Sing of happy, not sad.

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

Sing, sing a song
Let the world sing along
Sing of love there could be
Sing for you and for me.

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

For those of you who have the pleasure of joining us for Shabbat Services, you know that Paul Suchow, our Neil Diamond Music Director, takes popular songs and makes them “jewish”. (aside from all the other wonderful things he does) It reminds me of Sing in high school where we did the same thing. Singing is IMPORTANT…it creates ENERGY & RUACH!

It is my understanding that back in the day, there was LOTS of singing at camp.  Ken Pollet, Mike Zbar, Mark Levine, Joe Goldberg and too many others to mention (send emails regarding displeasure in omission to klf@surpriselake.org)  were always with the guitars and singing.  Two years ago we had many  alumni come to camp to “show us” how it was done.  They did an incredible job and had the entire staff up and singing.

Camp is about singing…I mean think about…Neil Diamond had an a ha moment at camp and learned to play the guitar and we all know how that worked out. Pete Seeger graced us with his presence on two occasions this past summer.  The goal for the summer of 2011  is to revive the singing (don’t misunderstand, we sing, we just need to sing more)We are in the process of compiling camp songs to share with the counselors, so send them my way!  Please remember that the songs need to be appropriate!

Send your songs to sheryl@surpriselake.org and we will take it from there.

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2 comments

  1. I think that the majority of people who sing do not have guitars and they must be held to a higher standard as they can be song leaders, as I once was, without a guitar in hand.

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  2. Would a folk song that has an easy tune (and easy chords) and adapted camp lyrics – a shorter version is about a minute in length – be appropriate? A link to a YouTube of the original song is also available to learn the melody.

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