Sunday, April 11, 2021

SIng Seal Lullaby along with the Eric Whitacre Singers this Wednesday

 Dear BUF Singers,

Responding to an invitation from Lummi Nation, BUF will mark Earth Day this coming Sunday, April 18, by holding a service called "Bring Tokitae Home."   Our service will feature songs, poems, prayers and words shared from the heart in a spiritual ceremony.

You may watch Lummi Nation's invitation in this one-minute video, with contributions from around the world:

Similarly to how we performed Handel's Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir last December, in this ceremony, BUFsters will sing  "Seal Lullaby" along with the Eric Whitacre Singers.  We will film ourselves singing it during our choir gathering, from 7-8pm this Wednesday, April 14. We'd like a full gallery of singers in our video, so please join us at our regular Zoom link:     (password: BUF)

You don't have to know the song well, in fact you can join in on Wednesday with NO preparation, but if you'd like to practice, please see the links below.

You just SING ALONG with the Whitacre singers, out loud, while muted, reading the music shown on the screen (in the first video listed below), during our Wednesday rehearsal, as I record us in gallery view on Zoom.  Then we will show the film on Sunday. The sound the congregation hears will be the Eric Whitacre SIngers, but the faces they will see - singing full throated and with expression - will be us!  This is how we did the Hallelujah Chorus, and it was fun.

I hope you join us this Wednesday, even if you haven't been with us much lately. The song is gorgeous. Singing it will make your whole week!

See ya, Kevin

YouTube links for Seal Lullaby

Sing along with the Eric Whitacre Singers, while reading the SATB score

(This is the video we will sing along with for our film, which includes the score. We won't use printed music.)

Sing along with Soprano part (learning track)


Sing along with Alto part (learning track)


Sing along with Tenor part (learning track)


Sing along with Bass 1 part (learning track)


Sing along with Bass 2 part (learning track)


Monday, April 5, 2021

Let's Create a Ceremony for Tokitae for Earth Day

 Hi BUFsters of a musical bent,

What a lovely Easter service! Thanks to Jayme Curley, Ann Stevenson, Lisa Heezen, Al Heezen and Barbara Gilday for joining me in the first ensemble to sing in the BUF sanctuary in over a year.

Lummi Nation is asking for support in their efforts to free the orca Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (aka Tokitae) from the Miami Seaquarium. They are encouraging people to hold a ceremony on her behalf.  

Rev. Paul and I would like us at BUF to create a "Bring Tokitae Home" ceremony, to be the focus of the BUF Earth Day service on Sunday, April 18. As a choir, I'd like us to sing Whitacre's SATB version of "Seal Lullaby," in the same way that we sang the "Hallelujah Chorus" over Zoom in December.  We'll have sectionals on this song in the next two Wednesday rehearsals. You can find links to YouTube "Seal Lullaby" learning tracks posted in the choir blog. 

Before Wednesday, please watch this one-minute video to learn more and see excerpts of others performing ceremonies around the world:

and read this announcement:

Also, please put on your creativity caps to offer suggestions for other elements, musical or otherwise, that might be included in the Earth Day/Tokitae service.

See ya,


Monday, March 29, 2021

We Shall Be Known VIRTUAL Choir to be Unveiled Wednesday

 Dear BUF Choir,

At this Wednesday's rehearsal, we will get the first view of our virtual choir video of "We Shall Be Known," and it is wonderful!  Its public premiere will be for the BUF Easter Sunday service, and it will be featured at Interfaith's 7pm online spring fundraiser event on Saturday, April 10 entitled "Sanctuary: Calm in Chaos." You may register for the Interfaith event thru their website:

I am so pleased that 35 of the 57 singers in the virtual choir are BUFsters!



Monday, March 22, 2021

Lovely choir plan for Wednesday March 24

Dear BUF Choir,

This Wednesday we'll celebrate our "Spring Equinox Love Song Fest" singers from last Sunday and we'll practice the hymns and special music for next Sunday, March 28 and for Easter, April 4.

We'll hear about the resumption of in-person singing at BUF, following guidelines being set by the BUF Covid Task Force.

We'll review how to find and view resources and videos on our choir blog site, including the Martin Luther quotes video and the Rick Hermann birthday video that are now posted there.

We'll remember our choir member Ernie Hinds, who passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, March 21, by singing selections from some beautiful classical music that Ernie loved.

It is so lovely to be together, even by Zoom.

See ya,


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Rick Herman's 70th Birthday

Hi BUFsters,

For our March 10th BUF Choir Rehearsal, we are sharing songs and poems in honor of Rick Herman's 70th birthday. I encouraging everybody to come prepared with a song or poem to share. You may invite others to attend, even if they are not usually with us on Wednesdays. If you have a song request that you'd like me or somebody else to sing, let us know. If you have something to be screen shared (like a printed poem or piece of art), please email it to me in advance.

The choir Zoom link is 

and the password is BUF

This is gonna be fun! 

See ya,


Monday, March 1, 2021

Wednesday is a songfest!

Hi BUF Choir,

At this Wednesday's BUF choir rehearsal, we'll have a singalong song fest. Please be prepared to present or request your favorite hymns from either hymnbook.  

Zoom link:  

password: BUF. 

See ya, 


Monday, February 22, 2021

It Is Time Now

February 23, 2021

Dear BUF Choristers,

Today is exactly one year since our last Interfaith Music Festival, on February 23, 2020, and what a year it has been! Watching the videos from that day, of BUF singing "Baba Yetu" with Unati Machyo on the solo, and of the festival choir singing "Bright Morning Stars" makes me cry. How did we do that? When will we be able to sing like that again?

I'll show you those videos during our Zoom rehearsal tomorrow (Wednesday , Feb 24 - use the regular link:     password: BUF).  and then I want to just look at you and celebrate that at least we're still here! And not only that, but we ARE having an Interfaith Music Festival this year, albeit a virtual one.

As of Monday afternoon, these six intrepid singers submitted videos of themselves singing "We Shall Be Known" : Lawrence Allen, Lisa Heezen, Tessie Mandeville, Cindy Pfeiffer-Hoyt, Melanie Rieck and Jane Ronca-Washburn.  Kudos to them!

It is time now for THEM to encourage the rest of us, to answer our questions and quicken our resolve. Our videos are due March 5, and I heartily hope that the rest of us will join the celebrated six above in the virtuous ranks of the virtual heavenly choir, who know that:

     We shall be known by the company we keep, by the ones who circle round to tend these fires.

     We shall be known by the ones who sow and reap the seeds of change, alive from deep within the earth

     It is time now, it is time now that we thrive, it is time we lead ourselves into the well

     It is time now, and what a time to be alive, in this Great Turning we shall learn to lead in love.

See ya Wednesday,