It’s official—the Newnan City Council has approved my request to stage Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night in downtown Newnan on Friday, December 1.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Composer Phil Kline composed Unsilent Night in NYC back in the 90s, and it has become a holiday tradition ever since. He wrote four separate tracks of new age music—people obtained one of the four tracks (on cassette tape in the old days, downloadable mp3s now) and brought their boomboxes to Washington Square on the designated night.
- On the command, everyone started their boomboxes and then strolled around Washington Square Park. The four different tracks played against each other in an evanescent cloud of chimes and angelic choirs.
- After 45 minutes, everyone gathered back and waited for all the music to die away.
How to take part
- Go to unsilentnight.com/participate.html and download one of the four tracks. Don’t everybody download Track 1!
- Rig up some way to broadcast your sound:
- Burn the track to a CD and bring your old school boombox.
- Download the mp3 to your phone or tablet, then hook it up to a portable sound system.
- Wagons are cool!
- Friday, December 1
- 7:00–7:30, gather in Greenville St Park. Do not plan to park at Newnan Theatre Company—they have a performance that night!
- 7:30, we start our music and begin moseying up to the Square. You may head up either Greenville St or LaGrange St, on either side. Stay on the sidewalk and obey traffic signals—this is not a parade, it’s a promenade.
- 8:00, when the Courthouse chimes the hour, begin to mosey back to the park
- 8:15, we stand until all the music has died away
- 8:16, we whoop and holler for a job well done
But wait, there’s more!
- On the first three Wednesdays of November, Backstreet Arts will host a lantern decorating workshop. Come and make a lantern to go with the music! Details to follow.
All ages are welcome—let’s make this the first of a new annual tradition!