For the 3rd year in a row, early Old First risers/singers will gather to serenade Bike Philly as thousands of people enjoy a 10 or 20 mile carless bike ride through our city. And the diehards, fighting traffic for a few miles, will make a full 35 mile loop. We’re hoping for drier weather than last year (see photo at right).
We rely on well-known hymns and songs, though with a few, ingenious word switches to contextualize them. Julie has made up adaptations of songs, and they’ve been well-received. The Bikers like the attention and the encouragement.
But if you have any great ideas– we’d love to add to our repertoire! (Joking about singing to last week’s Naked Bikers, you proved yourselves very creative. Unless nudity is in some way your muse, show us your creativity again! Send me or Julie suggestions…)
Don’t worry about not being able to sing, or not knowing the music. It never stops Michael. And we have enough of the choir to cover those of us with alternative voices.
The Bikers start in Fairmount Park at 8 a.m., so we expect them to start rolling by about 8:20 a.m. But we have to get you the corner of 4th & Race before the police block the streets or Bike Philly clogs the streets. And we need to get ourselves organized and ready. Maybe Julie will even lead us in some vocal exercises to warm us up!
By about 9, the stragglers are already past us. Choir will go to its first rehearsal of the new year. Maybe someone will bake something special and bring it in for the singers who aren’t in choir. Or there’s always the new “Filter” right across Race Street or our old-standard “Cafe Ole'” around the corner on 3rd Street…
I hope you will consider coming out and singing with us. And if you have any friends who are just crazy enough to join us, it’s a sort of “come y’all” event…