The Music, Makes and Musings of an Irish folk singer on the road and at home
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Singing - lift your spirits
"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing". ~William James
I love this quote. Nothing lifts my spirit quite like singing .... When I was a teenager I felt it was my prayer - my connection to spirit - a direct link to the power of the Universe. Through the years I've suffered because I paid attention to other people's opinions about what was or is fashionable about singing - how exactly they felt the voice should sound. But thankfully as I've grown older, and after years of coaching other singers, I've now got to a place where i don't really think about my voice at all; I only focus on the song - and if the song is fun to sing, or emotionally moving, then the pictures roll in front of my inner eye as I pass on the story and I come off stage feeling like I've had a couple of hours of meditation and relaxation.
So, if you're feeling blue, go and sing loudly - put on your favourite song and sing along at the top of your voice - or be like Sally Bowles in "Cabaret", - scream at the top of your lungs! She went and stood under a railway bridge as the train was going by - much more romantic for the movie screen:)) but it's just as good to get into the car and roll down the windows(when no-one's listening) and just throw back your head and go for it. I guarantee you'll feel better:))