Thank God I can sing. It allows me the ability to express my emotions through my voice using my whole body as a vessel. I wonder what would happen to me if I couldn’t sometimes?
I don’t mean to be dramatic but it can be a borderline religious experience for me. When I don’t do it for a while I feel all shrivelled and empty inside. When things are really rough there is nothing like singing to release my “pain”. I don’t mean to be Kurt Cobain about it, but it is the truth.
I don’t know how I would have gotten through my high school days without my guitar and my voice. I used to get through all those crazy teenage emotions only by picking up my guitar and writing a song. If my parents were driving me crazy, a guy didn’t like me, or if I was deep in a crush there was me writing a song about it and singing for hours in my room. It truly kept me sane.
Other people have other ways to do this, for some it is religion, some dance, some yoga, some sports… For me and most likely you if you are reading this, it is singing. A form of expression that I can feel through my whole body. It comes out of me like an extension of myself, and I can let it go and release it. Pretty powerful stuff.
I think people who don’t sing, might not be able to understand that a singer needs to sing. I often feel like I was born with a 6th sense that I was made to use. Imagine if you never tasted or heard or saw but could? The thought of not being able to sing it is that extreme to me.
There of course are levels of singing, from alone in your room on your guitar writing a song to standing center on a stage singing a ballad in a musical. Everyone I think who sings was born with a different level of singing that they are meant to and need to do. Some singers feel more of a spiritual connection to it than others.
Singing is an amazing powerful gift, but it can hold us back from living on the “normal” level sometimes. We as singers can experience such a rush through our bodies when we are really letting go that all else can feel pale compared.
That is why it is important to keep singing regularly, whether you have a pending performance or not. Regular practicing can help you maintain a balance in your “emotive self” as well as maintain and improve your voice. My days are always better if I start them off with a singing practice. And if I sing and workout… that is usually a great day.
I think it is important to face what singing is and means to you. There is more to this singing then performing. There is the physical and spiritual connection that it allows us to connect to our emotions. They don’t talk about it in your College Vocal Program. This is something private that you need to learn to connect with on your own.
We singers are lucky to have been given this amazing tool. It is a gift that we have been chosen to experience. Lucky us.
Now go sing. You were meant to. Do it for you.
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