Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response to our invitation, and for signing up to receive our weekly Prompts. You are awesome, and this is going to be awesome because of you.
Since it’s a couple of days yet before the first Prompt goes out on Thursday, we thought we’d tide you over by giving you a heads-up for what to expect.
Every week, on Thursday morning, we’ll put out a Prompt on our website, the SSS FB group, and to this email list. These will simply be suggestions/inspirations for what to sing that particular week. They will vary, from prompts like “sing something good for a brisk walk” (or for cooking or sleeping or driving), to prompts that are inspired by an exercise by a particular teacher (such as Rhiannon or Roger Treece), to prompts that encourage development of a technology skill (such as using a looping recorder)…
We will try for there always to be a version of the Prompt that you can do if you don’t yet have the tech skill or familiarity with the particular improv concept, and we will always cycle back around to something you can do if all you have is the “Record” button on Soundcloud’s website. We very much want to meet you where you are, and provide you with an impetus to express yourself and find, if you wish, an area to stretch and grow.
As you feel moved to respond to each Prompt, you’ll record your vocal improvisation and upload it to Soundcloud by midnight on Monday. (This suggests that you might want to get a free Soundcloud account now, if you don’t already have one.) We’ll give you guidelines for a “tag” to add to your piece—like [sss-briskwalk]—and ask you to submit it to the SSS Soundcloud group.
You can start enjoying the responses as they flow in over the weekend, whether or not you’ve sung that week. Listen, as you wish, and leave encouraging comments for one another. (To make this easier, you can try “following” the other members of the group on SoundCloud, so you’ll see their tracks in your own feed.)
See you Thursday with your first Prompt! We’re planning something with a wide degree of latitude, something very easy that you can make as challenging as you wish for yourself.
By your efforts, there will be more singing in the world. Yours, and that of the people you inspire by your wholehearted participation. What a wonderful gift, that you give your voice to the world. Thank you for that.
Jascha and Amado
Society for Spontaneous Singing