Tomorrow, Sunday February 11, will be the 26th-or-so annual performance of the Men’s Gorilla Chorus and Orchestra during the service at Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church in The Woodlands, TX. I say “or so” because no one is quite sure what year it began, but somewhere around 1992. I took part for the first time in February 1999 and have been a participant every year since.
The Gorilla Chorus began as a way for the men of the congregation to bond together. They tried a basketball game (but everyone was sore afterwards) and a poker party (which still happens on occasion) and then someone suggested that the men should serenade the ladies of the congregation during church service around Valentine’s Day- and the Men’s Gorilla Chorus and Orchestra was born.
They started simple, singing a lot of ’60’s folk tunes. When I joined the church, it seemed like we were doing mostly The Beatles and Crosby, Still and Nash for the longest time. But we’ve grown more and more ambitious. While we vocalists are mostly doing well to keep in time with each other, we have top notch instrumentalists who keep pushing us. Tomorrow, along with 4 other songs, we’re going to try our best to keep from butchering Pink Floyd’s “Time.”
I don’t know how it will sound, but it’s gonna be a hell of a lot of fun!
UPDATE: Went off pretty much as planned, and everyone had a really good time.