Down by the shoreline, on the outskirts of town

We gather for something experimental by the river

in a gritty, industrial outpost

Brilliant sunshine on a concrete ledge, with slimey steps to the water’s edge

Sonic, mythical, magical, pagan

Performances transport to another realm

Her voice, their music

She slips on the seaweed thudding back to this world

They release little boats to carry a piece of this moment onwards to another shore

Motor boats whip up waves unsettling the sails

Crashing higher with an obscure flute and otherworldly harp

Sent elementally, a further reaching, high pitched singing

Singing – I am reminded of wild joy as I found my voice

sharing breath and songs with others,

Finding harmonies

Favourite songs adapted to acapella

What kick I’d love to rediscover

In the punk choir no one told me what to do

“It goes like this; find your place or make your own, join in when you can”

X-Ray Spex and Motorhead

Violent Femmes and Radiohead

Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk

The Rezillos and Killing Joke

The Kinks and The Undertones

Joy Division and The Ramones

Ever Fallen in love with the Buzzcocks?

The White Stripes and Talking Heads

Ian Dury and the Blockheads

Wreckless Eric and Nirvana,

The Pogues and Cock Sparrer

The Only Ones and Dead Kennedys

Pulp, The Doors and The Zombies,

Stiff Little Fingers and The Pixies

The Fall, The Damned and The Clash,

The Ruts, Lou Reed and Johnny Cash

At St Johns Church we sang punk rock in parts

In Hackney, harmonising wild musical hearts

Bridging our worlds

I stayed with punk choir a while

Where I belonged, freestyle

The photograph at the very top of this post, is of my old choir – Hackney Secular Singers – rehearsing in the garden, Brazier’s Park, at the Supernormal Festival, August 2012. Image by Jemima Broadbridge.

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