A career twist, like a plot twist, sends a life in a new direction. I once promised myself I’d grasp opportunities as they presented. That was forty years ago. You’d think I’d have changed. But apparently not.
My life was coasting along pleasantly, as the lives of older people often do. Not much disturbed my equilibrium or caused me to think in new patterns. I talked about my new novel, but was not fully engaged. I facilitated a few writing groups. And I wrote my blog.
Several weeks ago, an opportunity presented itself out of left field.
I said, ‘Yes’, as you do. And now I have an exciting new project. This career twist builds on what I’ve done in a lifetime of career changes and experiences. There are also challenges that I have not previously encountered.
Spirit of the Streets Choir has invited me on the next stage of an ambitious narrative research project. At the end of six months, we will produce a book and a DVD of the stories of the members of the choir.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, Bernard Carney and vendors of The Big Issue Magazine started the choir in 2007. Bernard has led it ever since.
The choir welcomes anyone who wants to sing. It rehearses at St Alban’s Hall, Beaufort Street Highgate from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. each Tuesday, and performs regularly
In May this year, I wrote about the Sing for Health Concert. Eight choirs, including the Spirits of the Streets Choir participated. You can read the post here. I also ‘liked’ the Facebook Page of the choir. (See it here.) I’d commented once or twice. That engagement led to the career twist of my life. I’ve gone from all but fully ‘retired’ (whatever that means) to well and truly occupied. I feel very blessed.
My work includes attending choir rehearsals every week. John comes too. A major challenge is that we attempt to sing. Having been told in primary school that my voice was like an old crow’s, I’m a reluctant singer. But I love singing and the choir is a joy. John sings much better than I.
Singing is not a talent I have required in my life. I have decided to sing as well as I can. Imagine this scenario. John and I, sitting up in bed with our morning coffee, singing along to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. You can listen to Leonard Cohen on Youtube here. We do not sound like Leonard Cohen.
So here I am, full of enthusiasm for my unexpected career twist, looking forward to being part of the choir and a fascinating project.
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