I think that an amazing outreach would be Occupy Caroling, it would let people who are unsure about us know that we are willing and able to come into their neighborhood peacefully with some good old fashioned holiday singing. I have been thinking long and hard about the songs that we might use (and would LOVE to hear your suggestions!) with the self imposed restraints that they be gender neutral, not specifically religious, have no swear words and have a good message... so I slightly reworded some of them to keep them more singer and listener friendly. Here is what I have come up with: (the 4 traditional caroling songs) Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let it Begin With Me, Deck the Halls, Frosty the Snowman, and Winter Wonderland (and the 4 non-traditional caroling songs) Seize the Day [Newsies], The Times They Are A-Chaning', Simple Song of Freedom, and What's Goin' On.
In my experience it works best to have at least 8 singers and it works best to notify the neighborhoods that you are going to at least 24 hours in advance, perhaps with mini-flyers on their door telling of roughly when you will be knocking on their door. Does three different days with two hours of caroling each day in different neighborhoods sound good, or is it too much, or not enough? I would also suggest that we collect food donations and give them to a local food bank or homeless shelter to make the holidays a bit better for LA residents. I don't know the neighborhoods we would be going to as I am not from anywhere near here, I don't know where the food would be donated as I am not from anywhere near here, and I don't even know if anybody would want to *do* Occupy Caroling or if this is just a dream of mine, so I am here to ask how you feel about this proposition. What suggestions for songs do you have? Would you be willing to join in? Do you have any neighborhoods in mind? What about homeless shetlers/food banks? Should we do this on a weekend, or on weeknights? What dates sound good to people? I am excited for your feedback, thank you for your time!
Please remember: Our voices might not be great seperately, but together our voice is beautiful. Occupy!
(I'm sorry I have put this two places now, but the other place I put it seems a bit... abandoned and in retrospect I should have just put it here instead.)