First Rehearsal of the Complaints Choir of Chicago
On Tuesday, October 16th the first rehearsal of the Complaints Choir of Chicago took place. Nobody knew how many people will show up. In the end 35 brave complainers came to the rehearsal. After a short warm-up conducted by composer Jeremy, a spontaneous complaints session took place. A lot of good complaints were aired that did not came up in the first round of gathering the complaints. But one thing became obvious: Chicagoans rather complain about the traffic (ca. 50 complaints) than about relationships (1 complaint). What does this say about Chicago? While some complained “I was born a Cubs fan and I am still one!” others were nerved, when Cubs fans cram the Red Line which is already overcrowded.
After the 20 minute complaints session the choir split up in small “expert” teams to make editorial choices for the final song. Each team was responsible for one of the categories: Traffic, Other People, Chicagoland, Family/Friends/Partners, Service, Products, Work&Education, World Issues. The teams discussed all the submitted complaints and choose the most important ones.
Their selection will form the base for the Complaints Choir song that will be now composed by Jeremy Jacobson in record time until the next rehearsal. See you there.