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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Breakthrough Performance: Be Ever Wonderful

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"I want to sing like birds sing. Not worrying who hears or what they think."
-- Rumi




In a couple of weeks I'm going to participate in something called Breakthrough Performance workshop which is a unique singing project that allows participants to channel the power of the voice to make transformative changes in their lives. The workshop is supposed to break through the peformers' fears, inhibitions and all around trepidation about singing in public.

I can't wait. I love to sing and can imagine myself singing on stage, but don't have the confidence to do so. Here's my chance! At the end of the two days, all of the participants will sing a song (selected by the Workshop moderators), accompanied by a live band, in front of an audience. The songs are supposed to be both vocally and emotionally challenging for the singers.

In the beginning of the workhshop, we'll sing one song that we know, to show where we are in terms of singing. I've selected Earth, Wind, & Fire's "Be Ever Wonderful." I love this song. The words are uplifting, the music is sumptuous, and the way Maurice White sings the song just makes you want to jump up and shout the words yourself. I'll be listening to, humming, and singing this song until the group meets in two weeks. I'll let you know what song they pick for me to sing at the final show and I'll let you know how it goes. Pray for me!




Be Ever Wonderful
(by Maurice White & Larry Dunn)

Be ever wonderful, stay as you are
Time is right, for you tonight
Find your place among the broad daylight,
Stay as you are
And be ever wonderful, stay as you are
Gonna find a few, who will always walk with you
Oh baby - many people claim, but their views the same

What I wanna do, and what Id like to tell you
May not be, as you see,
As you live today, what I wanna say
Is be ever wonderful in your own sweet way

Be ever wonderful, stay as you are
Time is right, in your life tonight
Find your place among the broad daylight
And be ever wonderful, stay as you are
Stay as you are, wont you stay in your own sweet way
Dont let the world change your mind

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa,
This is interesting, please let me know how you are doing with this project. I would love to be in the audience to hear you sing. :-)
I will keep you in prayer!

Auntie T

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Hey Auntie T,
Yes, it should prove to be quite a challenge. I'm really looking forward to it. Actually, I know when I'll be singing. It will be during the early evening on May 17th. I would love it if you could be there, but I know that date is fast approaching. Thanks for your prayers!

Love,
Lisa