Not everyone is blessed with the gift of a good singing voice. Some people couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. I say that, being one of the lucky one’s whose singing voice has taken me to exciting and fun places throughout the years. But, I also encourage everyone who has a voice… to use it in song. It really doesn’t matter if you are off key, or if you don’t know the words to a song, or if you have a lousy sense of rhythm… the point is… singing is just good for the soul.
It feels good to open your mouth and, as Barry Manilow suggested, to put the words and the melody together. I love driving past someone in their car, or better yet, pulling along side of them at a red light and catching them in the act of singing along with the radio. It’s healthy to do that. I also love to see their reaction when they discover that they have been spotted. It is usually only a couple of seconds of embarrassment, followed almost immediately with a smile and laughter. Music has healing power. The effect on respiration and heart rate has long been documented. Anyone with a pleasant singing voice should seek out opportunities to share this priceless gift. Whether it is in your home, in church, in a community theatre or choir, you should sing out. Use that voice… it’s the most valuable musical instrument one could ever possess.