Starting a Rock 'n Roll Choir!

11/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This summer a friend and I started a rock 'n' roll choir in Boulder. A woman we know in Napa Valley, CA, told us she'd joined a rock choir there and they were singing "Good Vibrations" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

I want to do that! I thought. But the only choirs I knew about in Colorado sing sacred or classical music or maybe world music. My friend, Nance, and I wanted to sing the songs we grew up with and love -- in harmony.

We hired a musical director, Mike Cappo who's one of the Dueling Pianists who perform at Nissi's and other venues. Mike knows 2,000 songs, his range stretches from bass to soprano, and his playing makes everyone start to bounce and groove. But he'd never directed a choir before.

We held a planning meeting, put out the word and more than 30 people showed up the first night.

It seems that more and more of us are "coming out of the closet" for music. Everywhere, I meet grownups who're beginning to learn an instrument, taking singing lessons and forming groups -- for the pure joy of it. There used to be sense that if you weren't a pro or seriously gifted, you couldn't make music, but now it's for everyone who can carry a tune and loves it.

We meet the first and third Monday of each month and pay $20 a month to cover expenses. No matter how tired or stressed people are, if they can get their bods to choir, they leave feeling energized. It's the old secret: singing makes you high. Last week we opened with "Feelin' Groovy," worked on Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes," "My Girl," "Let it Be" and "Brown Eyed Girl."

We have a core group of 20, mostly female. Where are the guys?! All those hot (would-be) guitarists and vocalists? We could use more tenors and bass singers. If you'd like to join us, contact

As St. Augustine said: "Sing to make your journey more enjoyable. Sing and keep going."