The 500-member community choir is celebrating Valentine's Day with a message of love and kindness

For the Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization that combines singing and service, Valentine’s Day is not just for romance. It’s also a day to spread the kind of love that can bind a community together—and, with support from the Kind Columbus initiative of the Columbus Foundation, the 500-member choir that is the Harmony Project’s flagship project today released a video aimed at spreading that love through song.

The song, recorded by the choir along with a 30-piece band last week in the Lincoln Theatre, is “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone. The song was recorded a half-century ago, in 1968, and choir director David Brown says its message about the need to come together across barriers of race, class, faith and ideology is just as relevant today.

“We’re not all going to agree on everything,” Brown told the choir in rehearsal recently, “but we can agree on the fact that we want to move our community together because we’ve got to live together. And that’s our message that we’ll start our season with, is that we’ve got to live together.”

Throughout the day today, volunteers from the choir will be stationed throughout Columbus, “spreading love” by handing out bus passes and vouchers for a free meal at the Reeb Avenue Center to people who are experiencing homelessness. The Reeb Avenue Center seeks to connect people in need to a wide range of services and opportunities.

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