Away back in 1967, the year I was married, an Australian boy band, the Bee Gees, wrote and recorded a song entitled Words. The chorus of that song became an anthem of sorts for a generation of young people—
As an author and blogger, words are my stock and trade. And the writing of those words can be, of necessity, a lonely endeavour, deliberately shut away from the everyday toil and turmoil that too often consumes us.
Which is why I beg to differ with the sentiment of the Bee Gees’ statement. Words, in fact, are not all we have. When music is added to words, the result can provide a tremendous emotional impact for an audience fortunate enough to be part of it. And when that music is made in the company of others, the loneliness and solitude of the writing process is greatly mitigated.
The men’s chorus to which I belong, Harbourtown Sound, provides teamwork, mutual support, and a sense of purpose to everyone who is a part of it. And our audiences tell us they experience those same things when they listen to our performances.
See and hear for yourself by listening to a recent rehearsal tape, recorded in the setting in the picture below, punctuated in a couple of places by exhortations from the directors.
If you aren’t convinced by the blend of words and music here presented, well…..I guess all I can say is that I’m at a loss for words.