The Fairfax Street Choir
I was tapping into something that was the ultimate for a budding singer

Karen Trefts The Powerhouse Known as Hosanna


"When you saw her perform you knew she was drawing on the power of the universe  but when you heard her sing you knew somehow that even the angels stopped to listen".
 According to her own testamony Hosanna received a note from someone named Celie, a friend who knew she loved to sing. The note told her to go to Shelly Duncan's house and sing with the singers there. So Hosanna went and was hooked immediately. It was a place that she could go that was beyond singing in her husband's rock and roll band. Other singers were there along with a piano player/director. She said that she felt there was a simple, clear truth there. 
"Through the words of The Street Choir's songs, we immersed ourselves in a new language. A new American experience of spirit that had its own vocabulary. The old tradition of Come Thou Fount, Fount? A Spiritual fountain where we nourished ourselves. Circle? Golden Ring? Let Me Be in the Heart of the Lord? Angel of Darkness? 
   Lets look at all this imagery! We hosted the poetry of a new people. The writers of a new script were among us, if we but knew.  The songwriters poured forth the stories we needed to live by. Experiences, both from our spiritual and psychedelic delving, combined.  And Fairfax, Home of a Sufi Temple, Tibetan lamas, Zen students from Muir Beach. Remnants of the Alan Watts influence, readers of "Autobiography of a Yogi", The Youngbloods, Jesse out in Point Reyes. This was a beautiful imagination. 
 The natural childbirth mothers. Surrounded by poet boys-to-men, " the British invasion" musical costumes, gentle country guitar strummers, romance was in the air.  Rock and roll, surfer, weed smoking youth of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area coming in a new incarnation of Gods and Goddesses to express the dawning of The Age of Aquarius."   Karen Trefts Hosanna 6/17/13

 

She never knew how the gigs happened. To her they just seemed to magically appear and she would just go. Actually she went back and forth between changing diapers for her son to singing on the microphone. That was rare in those days. There was always a place for the kids to play together while their parents sang. The kids knew that their parents were making music and that it was a good thing. There was even a babysitter to watch them during Choir practice. "One of the most important things I learned was singing harmonies and the resultant audience response to that" said Hosanna.





Karen Trefts
AKA
Hosanna

Music In The Air

Come Thou Fount

Let Your Light Guide You Home

Will The Circle Be Unbroken