I can avoid it no more.
I need to post about singing, or more precisely my recently found love of it.
Well, I never thought I would be writing that!
I blame a colleague who suffered my random warbling in the office for a year (poor man). After much badgering he convinced me to join him at the Mickleham Choral Society. I am not sure if his encouragement was because he thought I could sing, or that he wanted me to seek some long overdue help!
Either way, on a Thursday evening last September I went along to my first rehearsal in the Village Hall. I was completely out of my depth and it went something like this:
- Are you a soprano or alto? Me: Errrr not sure.
- Can you read music? Me: Eeeek no not at all.
- When did you last sing with a choir? Me: Oh possibly when I was a Brownie!
- Not to worry you will pick it up. Me: Are you sure?!
Singing in public suddenly became very real. As an adult, finding myself in the unusual situation of having no knowledge or experience was strange. Although, I felt liberated by the lack of expectation in myself and from others.
All I had to do was listen, join in, learn and enjoy. And what a pleasure it has become.
The sheet music I was initially handed has gone from unintelligible to providing me with glimpses of what I should be trying to achieve. The annotations do actually mean something!
I hate to admit it, but early on I was so confused I mistakenly sang the instructions instead of the words of the song! A few months on though I am finding my voice along with the glorious feeling of contributing to the overall sound.
An unanticipated positive from singing is the calmness and joy it brings me. When singing I think of nothing else, my mind is quietened. The breath control required resembles my long loved yoga. I come away peaceful yet invigorated. If you do not believe me that singing can have this effect have a read of this article ‘Does singing make you happy?’
So as I enter 2019 I am eagerly awaiting the weekly Thursday rehearsals. I will say it again. Singing is a pure joy.
I am interested. Do you sing and how does it make you feel?