The CSS were in Hamilton this weekend. They are still in early days and their musical development is ongoing….just added bass and percussion to the team for example. They are also expanding their repertoire. It is amazing to me how many pieces they have memorized, and remember that they must learn both words and musical parts.
As well as listening to the CSS it struck me this past weekend, and has on other occasions, that people love to sing along! The song – He’s got the whole world in His hands – really got people singing! And the intent of this group was to get people to sing! Listen and tap your toes….and do you feel like singing along? I think you will.
Yesterday it was 20 degrees in Canmore, today Amanda says they awoke to snow. That’s living in Canada – that’s living in the mountains. Even here the weather is cool and very very wet. Rain has been persistent and low-lying areas are dealing with localized flooding. Living in the context of our weather makes it a constant choice of conversation and that’s being Canadian.
It was great to connect with Cath and Noah last night. Last evening the Canadian Staff Songsters were in Oshawa for the band weekend – yes the songsters were the guests for a band weekend. The place was packed. That might tell you something about what people are looking for. I really enjoy the sung Gospel and many of the songs that the CSS is using right now are Scripture in song. I don’t think there’s anything more powerful. If there is one thing that is equivalent to this might be drama – especially that the musical. Hosea, Spirit, Jesus Folk were all great artistic presentations of Scripture. I hope at some point someone comes on the scene with that kind of talent and energy as we saw in the Larsson and Gowans partnership.
Tonight starts the Quebec divisional review – the territory reviews the work of the divisions every three years. We begin tonight in Montreal. I look forward to these conversations.
This is day two of auditions and interviews for those who are wanting to join the CSS. I’ve been surprised, but glad, to see how far people are coming from across Ontario. So those who thinking this is going to be a Toronto-centric may be surprised too.
“The Canadian Staff Songsters will endeavour, by its example, to set the standard for all aspects of Salvation Army vocal ministry, including worship, evangelism and integrated mission, in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.” – Colonel Mark Tillsley
It’s been fun listening to the auditions, getting to know the people who wish to join the group, and hearing the chatter of those nervously waiting!!
Groups like this are fun to be part of and so you can imagine that many people would like to be part of the group – truth be told I would love to join….still thinking about it.
It would be nice if we could have people from every division in the group but that’s the reality of this territory – it’s huge.