Standing in a circle.
One person sings a phrase with exaggerated body movements.
Group gives back the phrase as exactly as possible, echoing the pitch, tone quality, and color, and mirroring the body movement. Group members try to get inside the Caller’s voice and body.
Callers can sing their name, favorite food, or whatever the situation inspires. Sometimes nice for the same Caller to go twice, using the same words but varying the rhythm and melody of their phrase.
Go around the circle and use Frankie Quimby’s “Open Letter Method” – “open your mouth and let’er fly!” Frankie Quimby and her husband Doug led the Sea Island Singers along with their many children and grandchildren, and inspired by the great Bessie Jones.