Lend me your voice



Whenever I sing, I'm told I sound just like Celine Dion.

Kidding. I invite comparisons to a lawnmower being run over rocks or feral cat with strep throat. If you sound better than either of those things, check out Pikes Peak Sings, a Pikes Peak Leadership project seeking people for a filmed local rendition of "America the Beautiful." You trivia junkies may recall that Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song after she visited the summit of Pikes Peak, so it's ideal for promoting the region.

There will be two public filming sessions this month:

June 18 at 8 a.m.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
West Side Entrance
215 S. Tejon St.

June 27 at 8 a.m.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Upstairs Outdoor Balcony
1805 N. 30th St.

Pikes Peak Sings is also accepting individual submissions, preferably those shot in scenic locations around the city. If you would like to make your own video, read up on the submission rules here. The finished product will be shown during the Spirit of the Springs celebration at America the Beautiful Park on Aug. 14.

The project draws inspiration from "The Grand Rapids LipDub." The video, shown below, has received over 4 million hits on YouTube since it was posted in May 2011, and film critic Roger Ebert calls it "the greatest music video ever made." Tim Leigh, city councilman, who led a small group that decided on a Colorado Springs version, aims for it to garner similar national attention.

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