Many people have asked, “why on earth are you going to the Middle East?” As of today I haven’t really been able to articulate my feelings. After reading this article written by a chorus brother, TC Colins, the reason and words came. That combined with some official Chorus language finally answered the question, “Why?”
The cultural divide between the West and the Middle East, between predominantly Christian/Jewish and Muslim, Us and Them has been an eternal one. But are we all that different? The funny thing about people is we really are all the same. I’ve been playing around on Periscope and viewing peoples’ broadcasts around the world. It’s all the same. No matter who I view we are all listening to music, laughing together…the sameness of these broadcasts, no matter the language they are in, are so similar…To quote a line from a song that we plan to sing during our tour, Peace, written by chorus members and composed by Joshua Shank:
“When I realized we are all more alike than different, I was a peace.”
But if we are so alike how do we remove that “other” and reach out across that divide and meet the person…not the nationality or religion or the ideology? Music is that bridge and TC brilliantly wrote the following:
Music has a way of bypassing the defenses of words and rhetoric and go straight to emotions which are harder to argue with and harder to deny. My hope is that those who may not yet support the LGBT community will at least come to our concerts and see for themselves who we are, that we are human beings not unlike them. I hope they will hear the truth of our stories, our emotions, and our journeys.
You can read more of TC’s article here
And THIS is why I want to be part of this amazing adventure. If you want, you can follow me and watch my live streaming broadcasts from our trip, by signing up for the Periscope App (IOS and Android) and “following” me. My user name is sprboston.
Otherwise I will be posting pictures, stories and updates here and on Facebook.