A series of participatory video and half-time flash live singing events

Sing Nina Simone’s FEELING GOOD and help build an inclusive, democratic chorus in honor of women's athletics and National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Your footage will be combined into a series of participatory video and flash live singing events beginning with our inaugural Women's Basketball half-time event on February 24, 2020 [details below].
Don't worry if you can't sing—it's not a solo! Your voice will be lifted by hundreds of other voices, and your face will be gathered with hundreds of other faces. Together, we can build a Wall of Song! Sing—and may it feel good—by following the simple steps below.
[Why sing? Learn more]

INSTRUCTIONS

Sing by yourself or with others. The whole process only takes a few minutes. You’ll need an internet connection, earphones, computer/tablet or smart phone. *Chrome or Firefox browser on Desktop/Laptops/Android Phones recommended. Support for iPhone coming soon!

1. Put your earphones in!
By using earphones throughout this process, only your voice will be recorded and layered with many others in the final video installation.

2. Take a peek at Video 1. You will be singing along to this video, guided by the song lyrics in captions.
Please note that the first verse and one small section at the end are sung as a call and response.
Nina sings when the text is in GOLD; You sing together when the text is in BLUE. Rewind Video 1 to the beginning when you are done.

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3. Click “allow” on Video 2 to activate your camera and mic. You should see yourself now.
*Some browsers may require you to update or enable flash player settings.

 

4. Press the red record button on Video 2 to start the recording. Then press play on Video 1 and sing along to the BLUE text.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Your footage will be gathered with many others. Together, we are collectively resonant!

 

5. When you have finished press the red record button a second time to stop the recording. The video should save automatically.

That′s it! Feel free to give it another go—refresh the page to begin the process again. Thank you for adding your voice!

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS & PERFORMANCES


San José State Spartans Women's Basketball vs.
Utah State University Aggies Womens Basketball Half-time Event:
February 24th, 2020  | 7pm

Provident Credit Union Event Center
290 S 7th St, San Jose, CA 95112

TICKET INFO
Free for SJSU students and faculty. Community members: $8 (Adults) & $5 (Youth)
Tickets available at the door or 
BUY TICKETS HERE!


Future events will be posted here as dates become available.


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NEWSLETTER

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It’s a new dawn / It’s a new day / It’s a new life / For me / And I’m feeling good / I’m feeling good
— Nina Simone’s Feeling Good

Dear potential singer (who may or may not be able to hold a tune),

We don’t sing much in public together—certainly not like they do in Europe’s football stadia, and rarely for women’s sports. As an artist and former college athlete, I've thought about how we might create singing rituals and ‘sporting anthems’ to harness our voices together and celebrate women’s athletics and female-identified sports. What song might build upon the legacy of black athlete activism here at SJSU in soldarity with racial and gender equity? What song might help us to cultivate a stronger sense of belonging in the midst of uncertainty and division? What song might hold space for tension and becoming? And how might collective singing embolden us to raise our voices and work towards an equitable and inclusive community—after the song is over? 

In collaboration with SJSU Athletics, Band & Choir, I chose Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” after lots of input (and some missteps). Because at heart, this is a song about the radical act of feeling good in the face of deep uncertainty, inequity, and division—about a new dawn, a new day. And because we’ve become increasingly convinced that “pleasure activism” (adrienne marie brown) has greater potential to charge our courage and harness our voices than our current polarizing discourse. Together, our sounds resonate!

And so, in this uncertain moment, we invite you to join your voice with others and sing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” alongside a choir of San José State University athletes, sports fans, students, and community allies. Your voice will blend into a democratic chorus as part of an evolving series of generative video installations and live singing events beginning with a collaborative half-time event for an SJSU Women’s Basketball game on February 24th, 2020. As part of this inaugural event, we encourage you to visit the various campus affinity groups and resource tables to learn more about the ways in which you can get further involved in the movement of equity and inclusivity. 

We know many of us aren’t used to singing. It can be uncomfortable. We invite you to make space for uncertainty and feel good anyway. Your voice will lift up with many others, and your face will layer into a larger ‘sea’ of faces, as inspiration for future singing. Before singing, we encourage you to learn more about the deep roots and practice of call and response and improvisational scatting (spontaneous, melodic vocalizations of 'nonsense' syllables) in African American music.

San José State University is a unique and special place in which to launch this current Wall of Song Project due to its legacy in athlete activism as the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, a movement led by Dr. Harry Edwards that culminated in the iconic protest of 1968 Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos. It is an honor to partner with The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC) Executive Director Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique in building an inclusive, democratic chorus celebrating women’s athletics and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

May we raise our voices together as an antidote to isolation, silence, and despair, to build on ways that collective singing rituals can deepen our sense of belonging and embolden us to work towards a more equitable and just community. Please visit this link to sing now, directly from your computer. Feel good and sing together! 

Thank you!

Mel Day,

Artist, Interdisciplinary Art Lecturer & Co-founder of Wall of Song Project

Sleep in peace when the day is done, that's what I mean / And this old world is a new world / And a bold world / For me... / And I'm feeling good...

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Thank you for adding your voice!

FEELING GOOD is a participatory Wall of Song performance organized by Mel Day, artist, interdisciplinary art lecturer and co-founder of Wall of Song Project, in collaboration with the following SJSU partners: Athletics, The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change, The Spartan Marching Band, Choirs (Spartan Glee Club, SJSU Choraliers, SJSU Concert Choir, SJSU Treble Choir), PRIDE Center & Gender Equity Center, Department of Art & Art History, SJSU Cheerleading team and a number of campus affinity groups, athletes, fans, students, and community supporters. . 

FEEELING GOOD is registered National Girls & Women in Sports Day Event, powered by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Thanks to the following collaborators for their generous support:

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SPECIAL THANKS

SJSU Women's Basketball Team
Dr. Aklilah Carter-Francique, Executive Director of The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change
Dr. Craig McKenzie, SJSU Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands
Blake Sasaki, SJSU Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations
Ryan O’Rorke, SJSU Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Digital Media and Licensing
Joshua Moon, SJSU Promotions & Fan Experience Coordinator
Dr. Jeffrey Benson, SJSU Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Corie Brown, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
Bonnie Sugiyama, SJSU Director of the PRIDE Center & Gender Equity Center
Heather Limosnero, Head Cheer Coach
Nico Peck & Dr. Oona Hatton, SJSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Dr. Anthony Raynsford, SJSU Art & Art History Department Chair
Christopher Yang, Director of the SJSU MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center
Michelle Frey, Creative Director for Strategic Communications and Marketing
Justin Edwards, After Effects & Sound Editor (Jumbotron video)
Miles Caliboso & EJ Casobar, Videography (Introductory video)
Junhao Su, Student Videography Assistant, SJSU Videographic Services
Teri Graziani, Media Specialist/Video Producer/Strategic Communications

Robert Bain, University Photographer
Cindy Morata, Director of SJSU Accessible Education Center 
Leily Khatibi, Web Designer & SJSU Graduate Assistant
Ming Lacey, PR, Wooster Communications
Kathie Pham & Andrea Perez, SJSU DB&H Advertising Student Team
Ralph Buenconsejo, After Effects Assistant (Video teaser)
Juyoung Ku, SJSU Undergraduate Assistant

Dr. Haydn James, Massed Choir & Sports Conducting Consultant
Miriam Dym, Copy Editing
Giles Day, IT Support

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Video still courtesy: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Ron Kroon / Nederlands: Collectie /
Archief : Fotocollectie Anefo / 14 December 1965

Custom arrangement license: #353609 "Feeling Good" [from 'The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd']; Songwriters: Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
This song is from the album I Put A Spell On You [1965] produced by Hall Mooney

 

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Project organized by Mel Day, artist, interdisciplinary art lecturer and co-founder of Wall of Song Project, in collaboration with SJSU Athletics, The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC), The Spartan Marching Band, SJSU Choirs, , PRIDE Center & Gender Equity Center and the Art & Art History Department.

We welcome your questions, comments, and input. Please contact us for more info.