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Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Power of Song

I realised a couple of months ago that I don't sing anymore.

All through school and as a Primary School Teacher (until about five years ago) I have either been in a school choir or been running one.  I always had music on - something I could sing to, either on the radio or CD.  If I'm honest I think the singing is what kept me a church-goer for so long!  And yes, I love karaoke, and up until I moved from North Yorkshire nearly eight years ago, would be found at least once most weeks singing karaoke.

I've gradually lost my voice.  It started in 2006 when I moved house (and in with Hubby) and didn't go out to karaoke anymore.  At the same time I moved from a full-time teaching job, so no longer ran the school choir.  I still had music around the house, and sang all the time, but somehow that got lost when I had C - I didn't have the music on when he was asleep, because I wanted to be able to hear when he woke up.  I listened to the radio, but usually mostly talking.

A couple of months ago I decided to put the music back on.  I found a radio station that has music that I like, know and can sing to, and have it on around the house and in the car, and I really do sing (loudly!).  It's made an unexpected difference to my life.  My mood really does feel lifted when I've been singing.  I'm actually a happier person to be around!  I have to confess though, that over the years my voice has got out of practice and I'm a little croaky and not always in tune, but hopefully that'll come back.  Who knows - maybe I'll even find a choir again?

4 comments:

  1. I can't sing for toffee but do absolutely love it, too. My favourite was prepping my iPod for a long car journey and just belting out down the motorway... Circle of Life from Lion King is a good one for that :-D

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    1. yay! It makes such a difference to the way I feel. I LOVE a good sing in the car. Bug sometimes tries to join in if it's an easy repetitive one. Sometimes they tell me it's too loud! It's also a great way to drown them out when they're arguing... ;)

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  2. Glad to read that you have found your voice again...I think singing, for those that can, is an important channel for releasing energy and as you say, lifting one's mood. I feel good after I have been singing, but strangely everyone else says it's wonderful when I stop :-)

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  3. Oh that's mean of them! I hope you treat that as in invitation for an encore and give them another rousing chorus?

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