By Christiana Chamber
Do you remember that Sesame Street song about singing? It was my favorite Sesame Street song (apart from “Elmo’s World” of course)! The song begins with the words “Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud. Sing out strong.”
“Sing.” The opening lyric is a single, monosyllabic verb and a powerful, compelling command. I find that music tends to be like this, especially choral hymns. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the De-Paul Liturgical Choir since my freshman year. Originally, I was just looking for any opportunity to sing. So, when I stumbled upon the CCM table at the Involvement Fair and was invited to sing at the first Sunday Night Mass, I was thrilled.
At the same time, though, I initially thought Choir would be a shallow compilation of new sheet music, harmonies, and rehearsals; however, I realized there was so much more to it. Yes, those are the necessary parts of all choirs that seek to further the musicianship of their singers. But what makes the DePaul Liturgical Choir so special is the fact that it not only furthers our musicianship but also our faith.
Growing up, I was always told that singing was like praying twice. Thanks to Choir, I was finally able to understand this sentiment. Mrs. Suzanne Han-nau, who works at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, taught me to reflect on the lyrics and to search for the more abstract but profound meanings within them. In this way, singing the simple phrase “Here I am Lord” turns into a declaration heavy with sentiment and conviction. And our director, Mr. Matt Merkt, constantly reminds us of the importance of blending. When speaking in musical terms, blending makes various individual voices sound like one. By going to church, individuals unite as one through faith. This is how singing invites us to pray twice. It is in the lyrics that we are able to find ourselves and pray for our own needs, and it is in singing with others that we pray with and for them. So, I encourage us all to “Sing.”