I have been singing all of my life. I started singing as a baby. As a young child I loved to sing all day long. I remember singing while I played dolls, and while I pumped my legs on the swing-set, and while I skipped down the street. I remember singing myself to bed at night, and singing when I woke up in the morning. I sang when I took my bath. I sang when I cleaned my room. I sang with my mother. I sang with my friends. I sang at my church. When I started school I sang with choirs and in musical plays. And, although I have performed as a soloist regularly, I’ve almost always been a member of a choir – sometimes even multiple choirs at a time.
I love singing with a choir.
I was moved today hearing what renown composer Eric Whitacre said about the benefits, power and importance of singing in a Choir.
More often than not, I show up to a rehearsal at the end of a long grueling work day. I am exhausted. I often don’t feel like being there. I certainly don’t feel like having to work hard on a large stack of music in my folder. I usually feel no energy, and very little patience inside.
But then, I start to sing with my fellow Choir members, and that is when the magic begins.
The music fills up the room, while it fills up my lungs and my heart and my mind… up, and up and up, until it overflows into all of the tired, hardened, hurting parts of my soul – from the top of my head to the tips of my toes and everywhere in between. I feel myself realigning, reviving, and healing.
By the end of the rehearsal, I’m practically bouncing off the walls with energy. My life has renewed purpose and meaning. I feel alive again. I am whole. It usually even takes me a while to wind back down enough to go to sleep that night.
Singing is a powerful elixir.
Singing gives joyful energy – to the singer, and the listener alike. Yet, the act of singing together just multiplies that energy exponentially! I can’t imagine a life without singing.
And how could I ever live without all of the dearest friends in the world whom I never would have met otherwise without being in Choirs, Operas and Musicals for the past 40+ decades? We were bonded forever by joining our voices together and creating a musical gift to share with our audience.
It’s a beautiful and magical thing singing to join hearts together.
Imagine if everyone in the world would just sing something when they first met?
There would suddenly be a common language, and an instant bond created to build on. Fear and distrust would disappear. A desire to cooperate and create goodness would over-ride all conflicting viewpoints. A spirit of peace, compromise, friendship and cheerfulness would exist. Wars would never start. How could they? The world would just be too filled up with love, creative energy, and glorious musical joy!
I hope that every one of us will embrace the gift of singing.
If you are human, you can sing. Sing to yourself. Sing to a pet. And especially sing to and with other humans. I believe one of the greatest and most important gifts we can give our children is allowing them to find their inner voice, and to experience the power of sharing that voice with others. There’s absolutely no better way to find and share your voice than through singing. Children innately desire to sing. I believe that’s because making music is part of our eternal DNA. We are all musical beings.
Singing heals our inner wounds, and creates power within us to heal others.
This is why I love to sing.
Sing right now!
Sing out loud!
Sing out strong!
Sing on and on and on, for a better you, and a better world! ♪♫♪♫ – MoSop