‘Grandma is an Activist’ Brenau Sustainability Singers Provide Musical Fun

(Photo from video) The plot of the sketch consists of a group of students desperately trying to write a sustainability-related song for a class assignment, with somewhat comical results.
(Photo from video) The plot of the sketch consists of a group of students desperately trying to write a sustainability-related song for a class assignment, with somewhat comical results.

Expressing thoughts through music is a time-honored tradition at Brenau.  Lately, the trend has also emerged among staff and students who aren’t in the Music Department.  This past year, productions by Juli Clay, James Sennett, Kimberly Dean and Danielle Miller have delighted a variety of audiences.

For the Earth Day Sustainability Fair event of 2013, Brenau’s EcoFriends students teamed up with vocalist music majors to perform a musical sketch of their own.  The Grand Finale show in the SUB was “purely for fun,” said Lauren Cain, WC’14, president of EcoFriends.  “We wanted to show that you can be concerned about ecology and the environment but still have a lot of laughs in the process.”

Accompanied by sustainability director Rudi Kiefer (piano), the Sustainability Singers, convening just for this one-time event, performed a sketch which featured songs with familiar melodies but entirely home-made lyrics.  “Choir director Bobby Ivey lent us some of his finest vocalists.  We only had time for a quick run-through, without a real rehearsal,” Kiefer said.  “So the emphasis was on singing loudly, above anything else.”  Credit for the video recording is due to Nick Dentamaro of Communications & Publications.  Kiefer added some panels and extra video clips.  The 12-minute show can be viewed at www.brenau.edu/sustainability/sustainability-singers-musical-fun.

The repertoire consists of songs titled “Grandma is an activist”, “We’re doing the best we can”, “We should welcome global warming when it comes”, and “Lend a hand.”  “Nobody should take it too seriously,” said English major Morgan Davis WC’14, who immediately joined the production when she heard about it in an honors course.  “I hope people will enjoy our look at the lighter side of sustainability!”

The stage performers were Keisha Boykin, Morgan Davis, Dannin Duncan, Rachel Ellis, Rachel McFarland, Paislie McNutt, Cody Otero, and Riannon Webb, with R.Kiefer at the piano.