are currently paddling down the Mississippi River, from Minneapolis, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana, with the Augsburg University River Semester.
Throughout the semester we will be tracking their progress through bi-weekly check-ins. Kelly, a senior at Augsburg, will be keeping us up to date in the form of Video Blogs, while Sarah, a sophomore at UC Berkley will be writing Blogs.
See their most recent posts below....
So far on the river semester, one thing I have noted that I really love is the constant stream of music that we are surrounded by. Here are some examples:
⁃ The paddling song: it is sung in a round while paddling to keep a pace as well as entertain us. Here are the lyrics: "Can you imagine a way? Canoe to carry us home / Dig, dig into the water. Dig, dig into the water. / Heave yo, Heave yo, Heave yo, Heave yo"
⁃ Happy Birthday!: We've had two birthdays so far on the trip, and we love singing for such a special celebration.
⁃ Wagon Wheel: A common camp song that we have figured out among our various instruments that we carry.
⁃ Boogie Wonderland: We have started a morning tradition called "Wake up Shake up" in which we all gather in a circle and take turns leading the group in stretches or dances. Boogie Wonderland is a song we have used to get us in the right mood for it.
There are many more campfire songs and small tunes that get stuck in each others' heads, but these seem to be the standout ones.
The experience of music with other people, and especially people you don't know as well, is such a special and intimate creation. I feel moved similarly as I would at a campfire or worship during summer programming. The quiet moment of connection when everyone is looking at each other in contrast to the loud production of the collaboration brings such joy to us all. We also listen to fiddle tunes or songs we don't know the words to and appreciate others' gifts and ability to share that kind of connection.
In this space we are allowing music, a universal language, to help guide us together in a very literal sense in song but also an emotional one where we share and receive together.
Since it's my first time in Minnesota and for most of the students on the trip - it's their home state - it's amazing to experience that connection even though most aspects of our lifestyles are different.
I can't wait to keep sharing the adventures and special moments on our trip. I appreciate anyone following our journey and thank you for staying tuned!
⁃ Sarah Egertson