A consortium of North Bay singers, composers and musicians
The Occidental Community Choir creates, performs, and promotes choral music composed primarily by its members. Our music reflects a wide range of personal experience and represents an authentic connection we have with one another and the community at large.
Our concert features several spoken word segments. We have added the text of those segments at the bottom of this page
|Sat. May 3||Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy, Occidental||8pm|
|Sun May 4||Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy, Occidental||3pm|
|Fri. May 9||Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy, Occidental||8pm|
|Sat. May 10||Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa||8pm|
|Sun. May 11||Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa||3pm|
Tickets are $15 general admission, free admission for children 12 years and younger.
Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of performance, on a space-available basis, one half hour before the concert begins.
For more information, phone 707-874-8622
Poem read after performance of Turn the World Around
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin....
All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer....
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.
Poem read before performance of Culeo
I could lie by your side for the rest of our lives
I think I’ll walk away right now
I could let you pet me for a hundred years
I think we need some time apart
I could be kissed a thousand thousand times
I think I’m needed somewhere else
I could sit on your lap forever
I said I could sit on your lap forever
Don’t you even think of trying to get up
Well, you should have gone to the bathroom beforehand
Because forever is a very, very long time.
Story read before performance of Human
By the time we reach adulthood, we have developed our own distinct menagerie of bacteria. In fact, it doesn’t always make sense to speak of us and them. You are the condo that your bugs helped to build and design. The bugs redecorate you every day. They turn the thermostat up and down, and bang on your pipes.
Story read before performance of Ballad of Pete Seeger
In 1955, Pete Seeger, when asked by the House Un-American Activities Committee if he had ever entertained at a communist party function, had this to say:
“I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.”
Story read before performance of Murder of Crows
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.
Poem read before performance of Groundwater
No wonder I live in the woods
And take rain soaked walks,
Cherishing the misty enclaves among the treetops
And the soft drenched sounds of nature as the rain subsides
It’s then that I find my own heart
Like some child who stayed out past dark
Engrossed in the rivulet created by a few single drops
I lay down on the damp bed of pine needles under the trees
And long to follow the frog
Deep under the mud
Close to the pulse of my innermost being
Story read before performance of Makh Jchi
I am a part of the whole of Nature. The Rocks, the Animals, the Plants, the Elements, and the Stars are my relatives. Other humans are my brothers and sisters, whatever their races, colors, genders, sexual orientations, ages, nationalities, religions, lifestyles. Planet Earth is my home. I am a part of this large family of Nature, not the master of it. I have my own special part to play and I seek to discover and play that part to the best of my ability. I seek to live I harmony with others in the family of Nature, treating others with respect.