Guest Blog from Sean Johnson

We just finished a nice stretch with guest musician, Justin Rimbo. He led us well--and now we release him back into the world. (No worries, he WILL return). In July, Humble Walk will be graced with the presence of Sean Johnson. He knows music. He knows church. And he can ride his bike a long, long way. I asked him to give us some thoughts...HW blog community...here's Sean: A few years back, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was the first grandchild on my side of the family and every member of my family rejoiced. Truly rejoiced.

An interesting thing happens when a child enters into the equation--nothing is the same.

My sister, whose voice fell silent during family caroling many years before my niece's birth, is now singing lullabys in front of my family. My brother-in-law, whose singing was inaudible even during hymns on Sundays, is vibrant and energetic as he sings, "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" with my nieces. For some reason, children bring out this need to sing publicly.

But public singing isn't only for parents, when sports teams score a goal, a song plays on the PA and the crowd starts cheering and singing along with the music. When we feel joy, we need to share it with those around us. For some reason, song is the way we choose to share our emotions.

After the 9/11 tragedies, congress stood on the steps of the Capitol singing. Amid one of the greatest tragedies America has seen, our leaders took time out of their day to sing. When a leader dies or is killed, from Jerry Garcia to the Kennedys, and Mother Theresa to Martin Luther King, Jr. their followers gather together and sing songs of mourning.

We are social beings that express emotion in song. Whether we are singing about the joy of a baby, the loss of a leader, we have a fundamental need to express this song. We lose the self-consciousness of every day life and just let out our emotions...as part of something larger than we are.

Isn't it great when we lose ourselves and become part of something greater? I completely recommend it.