I have come to realize that I was so immersed in the aspect of writing about my personal experience in working on Woman of the Drum that I completely forgot to include the actual poem! I have apologized to Rae and he has graciously forgiven me. Here is the link to The New Quarterly article that Rae wrote that explains his background with the poem, and the poem itself.
The process of rehearsing the piece and introducing it to a group of about 130 people, with some who do not read music, has been a great experience. They understand the objective and appreciate the methods taken even as it pushed them completely out of their comfort zones. Much of this is due to the incredible guidance of the director and leader Debbie Lou Ludolph. Her leadership and gentle steering of this project when it landed on Inshallah has been inspiring to say the least. If my previous post discussed my journey during the writing stage, it has continued in a similar fashion during the production and rehearsal. My hat is off to everyone involved: Rae, Debbie Lou, Inshallah, Kelly and Mino Ode Kwewak N'Gamawak. It is going to be a wonderful afternoon of singing and celebrating.
Singing With Our Neighbours, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo ON Sunday, March 24, 3PM entry by donation.
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