The Rainbow Children’s Choir had a great experience on Sunday, May 4, when we were invited to sing in front of City Hall at New Brunswick’s Ciclovía. It sure was rainy and windy! But that did not stop our small group from making a joyful noise and celebrating Earth Day in our special way.
First we sang the Earth Day Rap, which reminds us how important it is for us to protect the Earth. Then we sang an arrangement of a spiritual called “I’m a Rolling through an Unfriendly World” which we hoped the cyclers would hear and relate to. And finally we sang a beautiful setting of Emily Dickinson’s Poem “Nature, the Gentlest Mother” by David Dickau. Gina accompanied us on the flute. As you can see, we had a very make-shift set-up, and Gina and I were grateful for our human music stands and umbrella-bearers. Despite all the limitations, there wasn’t a chance that our joy would be diminished.
The Rainbow Children’s Choir is an interfaith choir of kids in grades 3-6. Most of our kids now come from Livingston Elementary School, thanks to the hard work of Agnes Crespo, their music teacher. Still many children come to us from Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, and also occasionally the Peace Islands Institute.