Singing and Dancing

 

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Glowing ancestors sing and dance around a rock circled fire, looking to the stars for a message from the unseen.  On the opposite side of the earth in what is now called India, the Sadhus rock back and forth chanting a low monotone melody late into the night.  Meanwhile, up north, an exuberant Irish man dances out a jig on a splintered wooden bar room table.  As humans, singing and dancing is in our DNA.  I believe we are here on earth to learn and explore, but mostly, to celebrate.  So often I see people who have forgotten to celebrate, forgotten how much of a miracle it is to just be here breathing on this tiny rock we call earth, floating in infinite space.  This is why I am obsessed with music, it is an obvious and unavoidable celebration of life that tickles the mind into submission, while the heart remembers.  And this is why I am tirelessly working to remind people just how special it is to be here on earth, by pointing at a simple human tradition, singing and dancing.  

 

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Everybody can remember the experience of the hottest hit song of the summer of 2013, (or any year).  Even if you didn’t listen to the radio, somehow you heard that song that everyone was hooked on.  Now, imagine what it would be like if the lyrical content of that song, and the majority of modern pop songs, was wholesome.  Imagine if the thing that got stuck in your head was an uplifting reminder like, “I wont forget to have fun!”  Then imagine what it would be like if you went to a concert and sang that lyrical phrase with thousands of other people amplifying its essence and meaning.

 

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My goal is to create uplifting anthems of excitement that celebrate the human experience.  Simple sing along songs, that when sung in unison by enough people, are blatant reminders that we are one human family.  Songs that are inclusive positive affirmations which invite the audience to participate in the collective music making experience.  I see the entire audience as an orchestra.  Although they don’t have traditional instruments, they all have a voice, hands to clap and feet to dance.  Their energy and engagement is what makes a live concert experience so transformational and that is why I think it is so important for me to offer simple, accessible music designed to be sung by people no prior musical training.

 

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 On the dance floor our similarities as humans blindingly out shine our differences.  Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, male or female…. It all melts away when the swagger of a juicy dance groove seeps into your bones forcing your body to gyrate from the inside out.  Communal dancing has always brought humans together.  Now more than ever I believe the human race needs more togetherness, more connection, and more unifying experiences that can serve to remind us of our shared inner light when darkness is overwhelming.

 

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I have spent my entire adult life studying every aspect of popular music and at the end of the day all that study adds up to something so utterly simple–singing and dancing.  That is the simple medicine I think the world needs more of, and that is the simple medicine I share with everyone I meet.

 

 

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  •              ~  Robin Sunquiet

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