I’m sitting here listening to a PBS special on Bob Dylan. Lots of different people are singing Dylan’s songs. It occurs to me that songs are a way of seeing inside a person’s soul. What he thinks, what she believes, how I feel about the world. Everyone has a song.
Sometimes I put music to my words when I talk. I use lyrics to express an idea, or make a point. My kids give that “look”. You know the one. Mom, WTH? I don’t care. Music is in me.And it comes out.
Let’s see what our old friend dictionary.com has to say.
Sing: to utter words or sounds in succession with musical modulations of the voice.
Ah, no… singing is so much more than uttering! To sing is to throw open your throat and produce a melodic flow of thoughts. To sing is to use expression when expressing. To sing is to show your joy, your sorrow, your love.
Singing involves your whole body. You use your throat, of course, but also your shoulders, your hands, and depending on the tempo, your feet. It’s a form of exercise. I think Willie Nelson said it best:
When you’re singing, you’re using extra muscles, and it requires a lot of exercise and breathing. You can’t do that if you’re a sissy. If I have any fitness advice for people, I’d tell them to sing more. It’s good therapy, too.
Found on BrainyQuote.com
Singing changes your mood. Ever try to be angry and sing at the same time? The next time someone asks you yet another stupid question and you want to yell at them, sing your answer. You both might end up laughing…and singing.
Singing allays your fears. Whistling in the dark, humming on a walk at night, it’s all the same. Even if you don’t vocalize, you’re thinking those comforting words.
Singing shows how much someone means to you. Praising the Creator, serenading your lover, soothing a child with a lullaby. Using your song to express love is the ultimate gift. Even if you can’t carry a tune.
So let’s sing! Open up your mouth and let it all out.Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for Me.
What do you have to sing about? Join the conversation in comments.