We plan out our seasons well in advance. When Everyday Heroes was envisioned, well over 18 months ago, the idea was to convey, in song, that moment we see time and again—that moment when we are are all capable of being extraordinary. When we are surprised and transformed by what we, or someone else we may never have pegged as the hero of the moment end up doing because there was no other choice. It’s our “Clark Kent ripping off the glasses” moment. Only, without a cape.
And when we think of the 90 minutes you’re going to spend with us, we want to offer something unique that stays with you—whether it’s a happy earworm or an outlet for which words simply aren’t enough. We think of something lasting, not current events.
In other words, no one at VCS had any idea that this season’s concert for a cause might be “timely.” Indeed, we seem to have stumbled upon world events, even as we didn’t look to find them in our repertoire. Because in the last two weeks we have seen:
Brady Olson, Washington state high school teacher who tackled an armed student to the ground and stopped what could have been another Sandy Hook. And said jokingly, “I reacted to a situation and I don’t know … I think maybe I should be portrayed as the dumb guy who didn’t run away.”
Rescue teams, including the VVFD’s own Chief John Morrison – a volunteer, are helping dig survivors out of the rubble in Nepal—where the official death toll now exceeds 6000. To say nothing of ordinary people in and around Nepal. No one will ever know the names of all the heroes, Nepali and non-Nepali, who came to the aid of the person next to them when the ground shook.
And yes, Baltimore. Where we saw thousands of peaceful protestors speak their minds for days without resorting to the violence of a few rioters on one night. Where we saw an unarmed Vietnam vet stand between rioters and police and tell the rioters to go home. Where we saw hundreds of unnamed community members simply show up the morning after—gloves and brooms and shovels in hand to pick up the litter, sweep up the shards, and quietly fight to put their piece of earth back to rights. Where we saw citizen journalists, first responders, good Samaritans, and police personnel, step up to do their bit to restore peace.
At every turn, everyday, for every bad actor, there are many unnamed, unheralded good actors. We just don’t get to hear about them often enough because they are never named and they don’t make the news. And we forget, as a result, that there are heroes among us everyday. That we are all capable of being more.
Please join us for a concert where we are reminded of what happens when we don’t forget.
We sing Someone To Watch Over Me: Everyday Heroes at 4:30 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna, VA 22180). This concert is in partnership with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, the Vienna Police Department, and the 2015 World Police and Fire Games. Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors (65+) and students (15 – 18), and free to youth (14 and younger, and with a paying audience member). Tickets are on sale through members of the choir and online.