Just the Thyng

Jennifer Thyng’s powerful voice reverberated through the confines of the coffee shop. Photos by Derrick Knutson This woman really got into the upbeat songs, smiling, clapping and singing along. Valorie Arrowsmith, We R Able coordinator, introduced Jennifer Thyng before she took the stage. While listening 
to Thyng’s melodious singing, audience 
members conversed with each other, sharing smiles and laughs. Jennifer Thyng had attendees clapping to her music, which included well-known country and pop tunes. This member of the 
audience had a chance to dance with 
Jennifer Thyng. The perfect way to remember a great time: Take a picture.
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While listening to Thyng’s melodious singing, audience members conversed with each other, sharing smiles and laughs.

North Branch resident Jennifer Thyng displayed her vocal prowess Jan. 30 at North County Coffee in North Branch as part of the Arts RX Concert Series organized by We R Able, an area organization that provides accessible programs for adults with disabilities ages 14 and up and the general public.

Guests enjoyed a supper before the music began, and during the meal they completed part one of an evaluation project using a colored chart with squares of “winter” colors, on which they checked off how they felt at the start of the evening. Part two began after the music started when they were directed to look at the chart again and checked off what colors represented how they felt about the songs.

Making a quilt of colored paper squares was part three.  Each person took the colors they had chosen related to the music and added them to a group quilt, showing how the entire audience felt about their arts experience.

Thyng, who grew up in Grasston and Braham, got an early start in vocal music when she sang at church events and participated in school theater productions. Life has brought a variety of musical opportunities for her, and she has sung the national anthem at major sports events around the U.S.

Guests were invited to sing along, clap and dance to her music, which included high-energy tunes to invigorate everyone at the beginning and soothing, calming music to send them on their way home.