“Party of five. For HIVE,” I uttered at the host desk, unknowingly rhyming and immediately amused by myself. We had just decided on our group name and were heading out to celebrate the beginning of something special. That was July 23rd, 2017. This is my story of how it all went down.
Back in April of this year, Moorea and I were on one of our weekly hikes in the Redwoods where we talk about life and music. “I’m ready.” We both said it. We both knew it. It was time to start a new vocal group together. We had sung together in The Riveters a few years back and we were both ready to start a new project.
I strongly believe in the power of visioning; I believe I make space for things in my life through speaking what I envision into the universe. My thoughts are powerful. They can manifest things, good and bad. Visioning is something both Moorea and do on our own and together. We knew this group was bigger than us. We were ready to start with that intention.
“Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible.” - Shiv Kera
We spent a day dreaming, brainstorming, laughing, crying, eating, speaking aloud what was in our hearts. We ended up with a five-page google document outlining very specifically what we were creating. We wrote one-year, two-year, and five-year goals. We dreamed up who the other three singers would be, what they would stand for, how they would show up in the world and in our group. Some excerpts from our Group Vision include:
Performing music that says something. Making music with a mission. Having intention behind every song, every performance
Developing a musical family to not only create together but also connect, express good communication skills, share life experiences, and support one another.
All members have experience with and a continued desire to use art as a platform for social change
One by one, our third, fourth and fifth members revealed themselves. Courtney, Christina, Nina. We set the intention and called forth exactly the people who were meant for this project. We had our first meet-up in July where we solidified the line-up and came up with our group name, HIVE: a place of activity and connection. This was it.
HIVE is made up of singers from three cities (and two states), so we meet up every other month for an epic retreat weekend. Our first retreat was September 1st-3rd -- wee stayed in a cabin in the Redwoods up in Sea Ranch, CA. Activities included: cooking, laughing, yoga, eating, visioning, bonding, photo session and countless hours of SINGING. It was magic in the making.
What’s YOUR vision? What do you dream about? Write it down, speak it aloud, share it with a loved one. Affirm it every day. Make your magic happen.