Why we sing together

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

Due to COVID-19, join us online

We sing every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Doug sends out the Zoom invitation about 24 hours before the singing.

We mostly sing from our online songbook, which now has 100+ PDF song sheets. One person keeps the list of whose turn it is to lead. When it’s your turn to lead, you say which song from the online songbook you’d like to sing, then the person who’s screen sharing brings that PDF up on the screen for everyone to sing from — then everyone mutes themselves, and you lead the song. If you don’t feel comfortable leading a song, you can ask someone else to lead it, and if someone knows the song they will lead it for you.

If you want to sing a song that’s not in our songbook, please upload a PDF to the Google Drive song book, in advance the singing. Or contact Doug or Dan to upload the song for you. We’re adding new songs nearly every week!

The information below is archived for when we can sing in person once again.

When and where:
— 2 to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. We’re usually in Room 1.

How it works:

We have copies of Rise Up Singing and our own song book, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. If you bring a song, please bring 16 sheets with lyrics and chords OR you can teach us your song by ear. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote.

We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. So plan ahead, figure out what song(s) you want to choose, and practice ahead of time. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song. We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great.

We’re a song circle that also welcomes instruments. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, recorder, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

Hope you can join us!

And tell all your singing and picking friends to come, too!