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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Get out the world's smallest violin and we can all sing along!



Now, you may ask, "Lindsay Jones, you seem like you're pretty busy, why in the world do you have a blog anyway?"

All right, you wanna know why? THIS! THIS IS WHY! When you see stuff like this, you just want to tell as many people as possible about it.

Introducing the Complaints Choir of Helsinki.

That's right. Trust me, when you hear this, you're gonna wanna sing along.

It all got started during a winter day walk of Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen in Helsinki. Perhaps it was due to the coldness of the day that they ended up discussing the possibility of transforming the huge energy people put into complaining into something else. Perhaps not directly into heat – but into something powerful anyway.

In the Finnish vocabulary there is an expression "Valituskuoro". It means "Complaints Choir" and it is used to describe situations where a lot of people are complaining simultaneously. Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen thought: "Wouldn´t it be fantastic to take this expression literally and organise a real Complaints Choir!"

So they went through the streets of Helsinki, asking everyone they met what their main complaint was. They wrote them all down and composed a brilliant song for their choir to sing! Since then, they've had choirs in England, Germany, Poland, Russia and Norway, but to me, Helsinki is my favorite.

Check it out and you'll see what I mean. But, if you don't like it....well, you know what to do.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Alex said...

That's the best thing I've ever seen. I think my favorite is the bullhorn moment.

Brilliant.

2/07/2007 11:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is real genius. It's not often in this world that one sees real genius.

Every city should have such a choir.

I'm emailing this to Kathy & Judy, y'know on WGN? I was actually on their Speak Your Piece segment last week. This choir thing is like the best Speak Your Piece idea ever.--Lynn Baber

2/07/2007 1:50 PM

 
Anonymous Lil said...

yer welcome. :)

2/07/2007 9:39 PM

 

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