The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines singing the blues as feeling sad and discouraged. It is a gloomy definition of an idiom that refers to singing. Wouldn’t it be nice to change our tune and sing the praises of choral music, instead? How do we feel when we sing?
At Singerhood, we often ask ourselves this question. Will everyone feel the same way? The answer comes quickly. We are sure not everybody does. That would not make any sense. If everyone felt the same way we did, people would not stop singing. It would be unbearable. For we all feel the need to sing at special happy moments. Or in the street, in our car, at running, in the shower –which actually is not even singing, but there it is all the time. On a particularly tough day, you may not be in the mood for singing. Sometimes you have to force yourself, but anyway, you sing. And then you can see how it is improving. When we get good news, well, we sing. Sometimes we find ourselves in a “music schizophrenia” where a song gets stuck into our head and does not want to leave until we get fed up with singing it…
We have an instrument inside that keeps coming out. And, what about the exception? What about that moment when we cannot, where we are not able to sing?
Dear singers, we are sure that you have experienced it sometimes. That moment where you listen to an excellent performance that touches you so much that your throat feels closed up, your eyes are wet, and nothing comes out –nothing. It is a moment of enjoyment, yes, a strange ecstasy, an unexpected and unsuspected moment that prevents you from uttering any sound. The moment when only the best singing prevents us from singing.
We want to sing the praises of choral music. What about you?