by Colin Bock
This year for Mt. Hood Climb Service Day I did something I had never done before: I went on a choir tour.
Sure, I’ve been a part of the choir for the whole year, but last year I couldn’t fit it into my schedule. Thus, I missed out on an opportunity to sing to people at retirement homes to spread happiness and sanctity as a part of the OES Community.
I honestly think that singing or even performing for others is a humbling experience because it makes me realize that there are people who are unable to do what we are able to do. Not to mention there are others that enjoy watching music and it puts a smile on my face every time I hear, “nice job tenors”. While our purpose was to spread happiness and confidence to those in the later stages of their lives, I found myself gaining a newfound confidence that I could use my musical ability to form a bond with others.
Perhaps my favorite moment was when I was watching our a cappella group perform “My Girl” by the Temptations. At one point, a member of the group, Lucas L. had a major voice crack on the solo promptly followed by a loud grunt. The entire facility burst into laughter, including members of our group, but we were able to look back and realize that not every performance is perfect. I found it really rewarding to help give back to the Portland community after they did so much for us after the tragedy in 1986. I can’t wait do it all over again next year.