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You know that scene in Finding Nemo where Mr. Ray swims around town singing as he’s on his way to pick up the neighborhood kids for class? No? It’s this one:

I just experienced the Portland version of that. I’m sitting here typing away and heard distant singing. It got closer. And closer. And finally close enough where it was so loud that I had to get up and see what was going on. I didn’t get up before now because school’s out for summer and the neighborhood kids have been outside playing. Last week, they were teaching each other the lyrics for Dynamite by Taio Cruz, so at first, I figured this was more of that. I was wrong.

We had organized mobile singing! I saw Mr. Ray (human style and surely with a different name) leading about 10 children up the street to the park. They were practicing some sort of singing drill that reminded me of ‘Let’s name the zones, the zones, the zones. Let’s name the zones of the open seaaaaaaaaa.” Just insert some words related to music vs. the ocean and there you have it: Portland-style Mr. Ray Song.

Kind of like when the Mummers used to strut down Wellington Street in the off season. But different. There were no adults in costumes. No instruments. No collection jars. Just some kids singing. For fun! (And probably because their parents paid for music lessons and the teacher took them outside today – haaa!)

Working from home allows you to see your neighborhood in action – kind of fun!