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Ring Out Your Bells: Unsilent Night Comes to Dallas


by Anne Bothwell 9 Dec 2009

If you can’t carry a tune, but still want to conjure the seasonal spirit of caroling, Unsilent Night may be  the thing for you.  Download one of four songs, burn it for your boombox or upload it to your mobile device, then join a procession to create a walking wall of holiday sound in downtown […]

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If you can’t carry a tune, but still want to conjure the seasonal spirit of caroling, Unsilent Night may be  the thing for you.  Download one of four songs, burn it for your boombox or upload it to your mobile device, then join a procession to create a walking wall of holiday sound in downtown Dallas.

Composer Phil Kline started the first Unsilent Night in New York in 1992. Today it’s a tradition in 24 cities, and on Dec. 22, it comes to Dallas. There will be two walks, at 7 and 8:30, both beginning at Backbeat Cafe and Listening Room. More at the group’s very detailed Web site.

Gary Brown and several other folks behind the Dallas procession stopped by the station last week.  Brown said he first heard an NPR story about Unsilent Night in New York on KERA radio several years ago. Last year, he decided it should happen here.  Are there enough folks around downtown to appreciate the procession? We’ll find out. But with no rsvp, presents, cooking or fancy pants required  – ya just show up – I say that’s a holiday tradition to get behind.

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  • Gail

    Let’s hear it for creative and fun ways to make a joyful noise!!

  • Krys

    It must be an amazing experience to move around within that chiming mass of people. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Therese

    I think fancy pants should absolutely be a requirement!