How - You - Can - Sing - Like - Nobody - is - Listening

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Introduction

When I was a child, singing was something my family would all do together. Our parents taught us how you can sing like nobody is listening. We loved to sing and it became a daily event. Besides, it was free, we had little money and times were hard.

Family dinners consisted mostly of bread and gravy made from flour, water, and sometimes a little bacon grease. On occasion, daddy would ask if he could pick some green beans for his family at a nearby neighbors patch. Dessert was mostly bread pudding which I hated.

I was the oldest of three and responsible for washing the dishes and taking care of my little sister and brother. We all sang songs taught to us by mamma and learned to imitate tunes that daddy would sing . As I said, singing required no money so we did a good deal of it.

On weekends, mamma would take the three of us to visit "old people" that we never even knew and we would sing for them in what appeared to be some kind of hostpital. I remember how the nurses and staff would smile at us and give us such graceous compliments as we sang.

I don't know if I had the better voice of the three of us, or was just more out-going, but I always ended up singing solos. Sometimes I was told that I had a mature voice and that I sounded like an angel when I sang. Mamma always loved to hear that. I guess I did too.

I learned that the sound of the human voice as it moves from one pitch to another with "feeling", can actually touch another human being. Musical sounds produced by the voice can change a persons chemistry.

I also learned that through singing, I had the power to help heal pain and sorrow, and that a song coming from the heart can turn sorrow into joy. And I knew that this was a gift I could give to others that cost nothing and at the same time fulfilled a need within my soul. Every time I sang, I felt so good. The mental and physical abuse that I suffered daily, was replaced with a feeling of happiness - I experienced a type of joy that I had never known just through singing.

I decided to keep singing for the rest of my life. This is what I was born to do. And because singing made me feel good about myself, I made a vow that someday I would help others to achieve the same wonderful feeling through singing. I would become a teacher.

Me Sing? - You've Got to be Kidding

Think back to the very first time you ever began to sing. Was it at a birthday party when you were a child? Maybe it was in kindergarten singing a with the other children. Or it could have been in church when you were just a little tyke.

Singing is an important part of child development. If the feedback is positive and fun, the child grows up feeling confident when he sings. The opposite is also true. If the child sings and people laugh at him or give negative feedback, he immediately says to himself, " I am not good at singing and people don't like my sound". Then the child grows to percieve himself in such a way, and he will not sing again. His confidence has been attacked. This is very sad.

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How To Start Singing With These 8 Helpful Tips

Here are 8 very easy tips to help you get started:

  • Open yourself up to your own voice, without judgement or expectations. Simply allow your voice to soar, as if it had wings. The root to every successful action is desire. You must have the desire because desire is your engine, your motivating force .
  • Begin by singing a song that you know well. Even "Happy Birthday To You" is fine to start with.
  • Take a breath of air before each phrase (musical sentence) to help support your singing sound.
  • Articulate each word. Sing clearly concentrating on pronouncing every word.
  • Sing with an easy and relaxed feeling. Avoid pushing your voice.
  • Sing within your vocal range. Singing too high will sound screechy and might strain your voice.
  • Your imagination houses your desire. (Picture what you want). Will you sing with passion? Perhaps you want to sing jazz. Imagine that you are a Broadway Star, or the next Pavarotti.
  • Singing is a wonderful way to give thanks to the Lord. Make up your own songs and begin exercising your imagination. You did this as a child and it was easy as well as fun. This is also a good way to exercise your brain as you age. You cannot sing what you first don't think of. Your mind becomes the control room for training.

Your desire to sing will release your energy, which is used to help manifest your desire . So when you sing - imagination, desire, and energy become one with breath and sound.

Become a Shower Singer

The biggest hurdle to overcome is your own lack of confidence. Most adult singers are still listening to the old, negative and critical messages that linger in the mind. The other factor that is limiting is to compare our singing to others. We think that if our singing doesn't match the exact sound of a recording artist then we're not any good. This type of thinking is incorrect and self limiting. My goodness, if we all imitated one another, we would all sound like a bunch of parrots.

The beauty of your singing voice is how unique it is. As we express ourselves honestly, the tone takes on an emotion which connects with our heart. How can singing from the heart be anything but beautiful?

When we sing freely, without being concerned about what another person may be thinking, our voice sounds rich and open. Consider the shower singer. With just the right acoustics, the body soaped up with lather and very relaxed, we sing like nobodys listening. Ahhhhhhh, yes. The singing voice seems to reverberate from somewhere else - outside of us. "Not bad", we tell ourselves. Then we continue singing.

Singing is Your Birthright

With your first cry, every singing muscle was used correctly and you never ran out of air.
With your first cry, every singing muscle was used correctly and you never ran out of air. | Source

Why Should I Sing?

Let me begin by saying that singing is your natural birthright. In fact, as you took your very first breath upon entrance into this glorious world, the first sound you made (in the form of a cry) was a descending 5 tone scale. Whaaa!..could be heard several rooms down the corridor. Your sound was supported by air from the diaphragmatic muscle and into those tiny little lungs. Furthermore, your first sound was perfectly placed resonating with a full vibration and not an ounce of fear present. What a performer!

Singing like nobody's listening
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The Health Benefits of Singing

Singing exercises your lungs. As you learn how to breathe by using the diaphragm (your breathing muscle), you exhale toxins (carbon monoxide) and inhale pure oxygen.

Singing is fun. A good way to start your day is with a song (Oh what a beautiful mor'nin).

Professor Graham Welch of the University of London has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years and says.

“The health benefits of singing are both physiological and psychological. Its physical benefits include increasing oxygenation of the blood stream and working major muscle groups in the upper body.

Psychologically it has the positive effect of reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to the sense of emotional well-being.”

Singing is something the entire family can do together - and it is free.

As you learn to sing, you develop an appreciation for good singers.

Feeling down? Just sing the blues away.

Singing provides us with a way to worship and thank our Creator.

"Singing reflects a state of balance and a positive inner glow of contentment and equanimity. It is the audible resonant reality of our existence."
Professor John Lennon

There are many more benefits that can be added to this list. But mostly, singing must be a joy to be had by all.

In conclusion, the well known song, "Amazing Grace" is provided for you to listen to. What would be even better, is to sing along and experience singing itself.

And remember to - Sing Like Nobody is Listening.

Thank you for leaving your comments below and for reading How You Can Sing Like Nobody is Listening - Start Singing to Benefit Now.

My Favorite Gene Kelly Performance

Do You Sing in the Shower?

  • You bet - all the time
  • Only when I'm sure no one is listening
  • I don't shower, I sing when I bathe
  • I don't sing period
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LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

How very nice. Singing is a birthright! I like that!!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

What a great idea actually. I think we all tend to sing a little louder, a little harder, and certainly better when there's no reason to erect a guard. Not that for me it would be a record-making-deal improvement, but at least I;d make slightly less a fool of myself in the company of others. :)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LillyGrillzit - You are so kind to take the time to visit. I appreciate your comment. By the way, I love your hubs. Thanks


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Springboard - Yes, most of us do sing better when no one is around to criticise. The exception is- when you have been around as long as I have and "sing for your supper" for 30 years, you get to a place where you seem to have a need for others to listen to you sing in order to really experience satisfaction. Shame on me - I should practice what I preach! :-) Thanks.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Singing for supper. Hmmm. :) If only I could. Although, I'm sure I'd get a few free tomatoes. ;)


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

If I sang for supper, I would go really hungry, but I would have a ball doing it!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drchrischasse - you are too funny. I just bet you are a shower singer! Thanks


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

springboard - tomatoes are good - lots of antioxidants.

:-)


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Voted up and useful, thanks Audrey. There is something that happens when you sing for others, a little nervousness takes place and that clears up your voice at least that has always been my experience.


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CMCastro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

My Car is where I do just about the most of my singing. CDs of my favorite artists are my accompaniments and some of my best original songs are created on my long commutes between work and home. Thanks for your hub. I hope to sing on the internet one day.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CMCastro - The car is a good place to sing as it can help reduce stress as one is driving in traffic, etc. I will be waiting to hear your voice on the internet! Thanks for a great comment.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Judicastro - Yes, being nervous is natural. Different than fear, which robs us of success, feeling a little nervous actually helps to sing with more emotion. The more we sing through our "fears", the easier it will become. Thanks for commenting.


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

That sounds like a really cool thing you guys did, singing for people in hospitals. I always like going out into nature with my guitar. That's really interesting that singing is linked to the endocrine system and releasing positive chemicals. I just wrote a hub about serotonin boosters and now I want to do some more research. Thanks for the inspiration!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Benjimester - Be sure to let me know when you finish your hub. I would love to link to it with my hubs on singing. Also, I am always looking for new info on how singing may affect us physically. Thanks


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What a small world I just left a comment on another hubbers hub and said what I now say to you. I love to dance about singing joyfully knowing others opinions of me are none of my business. I love Love LOVE your sing like nobodys listening. Great and uplifting! Thank YOU!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

katiem2 - I am so glad you left me your comment. You are a "free spirit" and I mean it as a compliment.Keep dancing and singing. And thank you!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Thumbs up for a very interesting Hub, both informative and inspiring...

Do you have any exercises for beginning singers..? I love singing in the shower or to my cat...My wife just smiles that look of " nice try darling ", and giggles in her hand...Larry


masmasika 6 years ago

Interesting story and hub about singing. I was a singer when I was a little girl. In the elementary grades I used to sing during contests. There was a time when I and a friend won a singing contest. I sang every day when I was a young girl but when I became older I forgot all about singing. Today, I only sing with the kids in school but when I am at home I just listen to music and never sing at all. I agree with you that singing changes the mood of a person and the way they feel. Great, you really love singing.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

maven101 - Your wife sounds adorable! And I am quite sure your cat loves to hear you sing (supposing the singing is just for her (him). Actually, I do happen to have a CD on the market called "Anyone Can Sing". http://singtome.com/cd.htm (hope it's ok to give you this link - not sure what hp policy is). Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I love singing but only can do it when there is nobody around.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mamasika - I loved your comments. I think you should continue to sing. Anytime you feel like it and often. It is so good for the body and the spirit. Thank you for sharing.

Hello, Hello,

It is perfectly fine to sing when no one else is around.

Unless we are singing to make a living, singing for oneself is the only reason to sing. Thank you.


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Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

I loved this!! I am an instant fan!! I love to sing, and you are right, as we get older, we loose some of that innocent confidence we had as children.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Anna Marie Bowman - Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Question/by any chance are you related to Jessica Bowman in Northern Ca.? I look forward to reading your hubs.


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spdarkstar 6 years ago from Benijofar, Alicante, Spain

At 13 I had the normal boy soprano voice at 14 it was gone, broken, now at 74 it's just a croak, but i'm learning how to play the keyboard/piano and with some of the methods I use, I have to sing along, my wife says it sounds terrible, but I'm not giving up. I simply loved your hub


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

spdarkstar - I am thrilled to hear that you will not give up on singing. I will be here to help you in any way I can. Your best singing is still inside of you, wanting, longing to make an appearance. It will happen. As you discover (with my help :-), where the blocks are occuring that keep you from sounding the way nature intends for you to sound, it will happen. Contact me anytime. I am grateful for your comments - really made my day!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I really like this Hub. I think I'm going to have to come back and read it again! Um... I'll put myself under the title of 'shower singer.' Yup, that's me! Except, this week I'm required to sing aloud, and solo as an aural test for my Sight Singing/Ear Training Class. I'm horrified thinking about it! Yikes! Singing for other people to hear? Not my idea of fun. haha.

So, you Hub is going to come in handy. I'll read it again before class on Thursday. :)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kaltopsyd - Oh, this is great! You are taking an excellent class. Let me tell you a little secret to help you on thursdays class - not to worry about other people hearing you sing, because chances are, they are either deep in thought about their turn coming up, or thinking about how they sounded themselves when they sang. Either way, everyone is concentrating on themselves and not listening to you. Even though they are looking at you - they do not listen to you. Break aleg and let me know how you do. Thanks for your comments.


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epigramman 6 years ago

...well you write and put together hubs like everyone is listening ......and some great vocal performances like the one you selected above: 1. Gene Kelly - Singing in the Rain

2. Cliff Edwards - When you wish upon a star

3. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

4. Frank Sinatra - That's Life

5. Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James, Maria Callas

6. Chet Baker

7. La Traviata by Verdi (preferably the film adaption starring Placido Domingo)

8. Antony (from Antony and the Johnsons)

9. Howlin' Wolf

10. The Tallis Scholars


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - Thank you for adding this great list of singers and songs. I found some of my favorites. Think I will do myself a favor and go do some serious listening starting with Sarah V.


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epigramman 6 years ago

... a good rule of 'internet' thumb is to go to You Tube and type in the name of the artist - they have everything -believe me on that one!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I survived sight singing! Everybody else felt as nervous and embarrassed as I did. hehe. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kaltopsyd - I am so proud of you! Congrats and keep on sing'in.


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maheshpatwal 6 years ago from MUMBAI

Vocalcoach i think there is a singer hidden in every individual beings, most of them limit their talent to bathroom audience only like myself. Good music or singing is also proved helpful in relieving the pressure and curbing on depression. Very well written hub. Voted up. Thank you for sharing one of the secret for living a happy life with all of us.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

maheshpatwal - I am so pleased that you read my hub and left such good comments. You are right on about singing curbing depression. Its hard to feel down when you are singing. Will be reading your hubs and learning from you.

Thank you, my friend.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I may not be the best but I love to sing - in the shower, in the car, when I, taking a walk, just about anytime. It makes me happy. And if someone looks at me a little strange I just smile and say "I won't quit my day job". I smile anytime I hear someone sing - to me it makes a happy sound. Great hub.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals - Very good comments. I just love it when I hear someone tell me how much they love to sing. Keep it up. You are spreading positive and healing energy when you sing. Oh, go ahead - quit your day-job.!


amorea13 6 years ago

Vocalcoach what a lovely hub and thank you for all the wonderful information you supplied with such love - it was a pleasure to read it and I found it very uplifting.

I spent many years in 'performance-sports' and found the same things as you have in singing in regard to movement as self-expression but I have to say you are so right - singing IS such a powerful way to express all that often hides within the soul and it is so 'therapeutic'. And I am so glad that the 'quality' of the singing doesn't count; cos my singing is truly non-professional!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

amorea13 - So very pleased that you found my hub worth reading. It truly comes from my heart and knowing the benefits of singing, whether we think we're good or not, is the point I wanted to make. Singing is a very powerful form of expression, as you know, and it is as you mentioned so therapeutic. Keep singing amorea13! Enjoy the ride.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

I loved the Amazing Grace video, but what I really would like is to see and hear you singing something. Do you have any videos on youtube or on one of your hubs where I can see and hear you?

My friend and I were talking last night on the way home from church that often the worship group's Friday night practice often sounds much better than the worship time on Sunday.

I think this is due in part to us being relaxed and the flow and enjoyment seem to go hand in hand.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Maggs - So great to see you here. I love that you asked about me having a video on youtube - because one will be ready the first of the year. So nice of you. And you are 100% on about singing better when you are relaxed and simply enjoy being in the moment as you sing.

Thanks, dear Lady.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Yo dear vocalcoach! I know you could sing my pain away. I love your heart dear one!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh, my Micky! I adore hearing from you. I do not want my magnificent man to be in pain. I would love to sing to you...hopefully my singing would not inflect more pain. :) Love you!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Aw Audrey,

I came to your profile page today seeking an inspirational and uplifting hub and have surely found one that I had missed before!

Thank you so much for sharing the roots of your love for singing and for explaining the many benefits that we can all reap from sing alongs and solos- even if they're done in the shower!!!

When you write about your childhood, I am always blown away by the important role that singing played in it.

Reading this hub, I found myself longing to hear and see a video of you entertaining the patients in the hospital or nursing home. You must indeed, have sounded and looked like a little angel bringing much joy to a place that was normally full of pain.

Voted up across the board except for funny, and shared.

God Bless You My Beautiful Friend,

Gail


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I wish I could have read this many years ago. I grew up in a family that did sing--silly stuff, and because of tidbits and snatches of things my dad sang now and then--I have some knowledge of old WWI songs that I have no "right" to know by virtue of my own age.

We sang when the family was over with the "Sing Along With Mitch" records; we sang on car trips. Nothing fancy--sometimes only something as mundane, boring and irritating as all 99 verses of "99 bottles of beer on the wall..(or 99 blue bottles a hangin' on the wall...which is a different tune).

However, socially, I was painfully shy, and terrified of being heard to make a mistake. The junior high mandatory chorus class did not help, as the teacher divided everyone into just two groups: boys and girls. All the girls were assumed to be sopranos, the boys, tenors. Sorry, but that's not my range--I fit much better with the tenor section, and I struggled horribly--that class was no confidence-builder.

As I grew up, I forgot all about singing if there was anyone within earshot, and if someone came along, I clammed up quick. My first husband was a musical genius with perfect pitch. (He was not a singer, (he could sing, but didn't like to), but could quickly figure out how to play any instrument you handed him). So,he was over-sensitive to 'wrong notes,' and body language let me know that my sounds were not pleasing to him.

During this time, I got my kids into Girl Scouts, and learned a lot of new songs...and had to teach them to the kids. It was awkward, but I didn't do toooooooo badly, and even got a compliment or two from the adults. (My own kids advised me, "keep your day job!". Ironically, the youngest inherited the ex's talent, with near perfect pitch of her own...and was in the SF Girls Chorus for about 4 years.)

I moved on, and went to college later in life, where I took a voice class. That teacher was better with confidence-inspiring, but still, didn't think women should sing the tenor voice, where I am comfortable (I can sing right along with the late John Denver, with no adjustment in key). She classed me as an alto--but there are notes there that felt uncomfortably high for me. Sigh.

My preferred music to sing is in the realm of the old folk songs/ballads of the 1960's--"Where Have All the Flowers Gone," etc., or Gilbert and Sullivan tunes...

I did take a few private lessons...and got the nerve to audition for a play with the local community theater...but, did not get the part...

My current husband is somewhat more encouraging, and also has some musical talent...but...he doesn't sugar coat anything, and tells me that when I'm singing along with my i-pod, I'm off key if I have both earbuds in. ????? To me, that feels like I can hear exactly the right note.... but, if I take out one earphone, he then tells me I sound fine. But, still I lack confidence.

My major downfall, really, is that while I can hear the melody that is being sung, I CANNOT sing along with musical accompaniment sans any voice--my ear can't pick out the melody notes from within the chords. So, I prefer to 'sing along,' or just go a cappella....that way, I can claim my own "arrangement." LOL

Sorry for the long, rambling comment...I'm sure you now know far more than you ever wanted .... but this hub did strike a chord with me...(no pun intended)....I do still sing...but I also still mostly do it only in private....

Voted up, awesome, interesting, beautiful and shared.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've always loved to sing. I was always in church and school choirs when I was in grade school. Now I pretty much sing when no one is around or while I'm driving.

Not sure how I missed this hub before but sure am glad that I found it today.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Yes, lovely hub. Family sing songs I grew up with, around the piano, with the guitar and listening to the Beatles, Bing Crosby and other crooners from the 60's. I was fed musicals from an early age - Oklahoma, The King and I, West Side Story..... your tips are great and will encourage others to start bellowing/yodelling/singing!! on a regular basis. Singing is a definite therapy. Votes!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This hub always makes me feel good when I read it! Yay Audrey


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Happyboomernurse - I'm very happy to hear that you found this particular hub and are inspired after reading it. That just means everything to me. How I wish I had a video of some of the shows that I was fortunate enough to do. I loved singing and playing the piano just to spread a little joy.

I also introduced my childrens singing group from time to time and the older patients loved them so.

A nurse approached me after one of the shows and thanked me. It seems that one of the men in a wheelchair, responded to the music for the first time in 2 years. He actually started clapping and trying to sing out loud.

I have learned that while we are singing, we rarely feel depressed (if ever). Now isn't that a good reason to sing everyday?

Love you Gail. Thanks so much Stay happy and dream big!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ah singing...when we sing we pray twice! I, like many of the others, have been singing since I was a little girl. My father played the piano though he couldn't read music...I was his sheet music. I would sing a song over and over till he got it on the piano and then he would play and I would sing. Like MzLizzy I grew up singing songs from my parents era...WWI and WWII...Sing Along with Mitch had nothing on us!

Then I sang in school...in plays, in the choir...the same in high school...as an adult I joined a church folk group and sang with them...I guess I'm always singing. My kids used to tell me to stop when we were in a store but I didn't care.

This hub validates all those years I chose to sing. I love it and it makes me feel good and when I'm lucky it makes others feel good too!

Thank you for this inspiring hub and the trip down memory lane. I certainly had a much easier life than you but we share a love of singing.

"I hear the music ringing;

It sounds an echo in my soul

How can I keep from singing?"

Thank you for this lovely hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I almost didn't read this because I so very much miss the ability to sing that I had (in trumps) for the first 57 years of my life. I lost that ability and the joy that comes from singing when I had surgery that damaged my larynx. It never recovered, and my singing voice was gone.

However, I must remind myself how much I enjoyed singing until that time. When I was a child, I never worried that someone was listening--I wanted them to hear me! Talk about a ham! My grandmother encouraged me continuously to sing (if there had been an American Idol back in those days, she would have insisted I audition), and I loved an audience. But, I was just as happy singing when no one else was around to hear. It was the joy of making music with my voice that was so glorious.

Since that fateful surgery, I've channeled my love of making music into playing piano and keyboard. It's not quite the same, but there isn't much one can do with a range of three notes, all of them in the lower register! When I hear a professional singer whose voice sounds similar to the way mine did from a young age, it takes me back to the sheer pleasure singing gave me.

This is a marvelous hub, and I'm really glad I read it. Sing on!

Jaye


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

DzyMsLizzy - You're just such an amazing person. I love, love, love reading your comments again and again. Dang! Wish you were closer and the first thing I'd do is take you under my wing and help you find that beautiful singing voice. And what a wonderful time we would have.

By your discription of your range and voice, I probably can already hear what you sound like. Yes - I'm that good :)

And you should hear my piano arrangement of "Where have all the flowers gone" - my fingers are itching to accompany you on the piano.

The bigger the challenge, the happier I am. The discovery of the voice "inside" is like finding gold to me. Sing on dear Lizzy and thanks!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Thanks very much for your encouraging words. It would, indeed, be great if we were closer; alas, we're now on a fixed income, and I have no money for such luxurious extras as voice lessons. We'd have to work out some kind of barter arrangement. (Cat or dog sitting or weed-pulling or some other not-too-hard-on-the-old-body service in trade for lessons!) LOL


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randor 4 years ago

great article. Music is the best therapy and definitly gives one confidence. i know when I play my music time seems to stand still. When you're in the zone you lose track of time. Maybe it's a type of time travel.


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anupma 4 years ago from India

Awesome article. I knew singing is good for health, but your article proves it. Singing is a passion. We all are singer, some sing openly, while some shy. Great article as you show all aspects of singing.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh Audrey, your story is so inspiring! I've missed you and the hub. Singing is so spiritual and healing indeed! Well, I have time on my hands right now so I'm back while it lasts! Will see you again soon!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting. I do sing, for myself of course, and find it a very relaxing pastime. Nice to learn how you took to this career, Audrey.

Voted up and awesome.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Just Ask Susan - H i there, talented lady! (Love your hubs.) You just keep on singing - it's fun, free and healthy! Thank you.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

chef-de-jour - Thanks so much for the great comments. I appreciate your kind words and the votes!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - I'm just delighted that you are on hubpages. Not only because of your support but also because of the growth I find through reading your hubs and the amazing poetry you create. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tillsontitan - Wow, what marvelous comments. You make me glad to have written this particular hub. And oh how I appreciate the generous votes you have given and the sharing. Hugs.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

JayeWisdom - Oh my, I'm so very sorry to hear about your damaged larynx. You have a good attitude about this and this is really a tough one. Playing piano is not the same - still, we can "sing" as we play each phrase of music with our fingers. How beautiful you are and I loved reading your story. You sound just like me as a child with a love for singing and an audience to sing to. I'd love to chat with you sometime Jaye. Thank you so much!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear DzyMsLizzy - I totally understand being on a limited budget and I offer to help you at no cost at all, anytime. Just keep on writing your marvelous hubs that I love to read :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

randor - Thanks so much for reading my hub and taking time to comment. Your words such as "when I play my music time seems to stand still," and " being in the zone," are perfect descriptions of the love of being a part of music itself. And hey - I think you're right on about the "time travel."

I've seen you perform and love the magic of your upright bass and all that your music requires. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

anupma - I'm loving the comments you have written. Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing you again and reading your hubs!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fossillady - Again, I have to tell you how wonderful it is to see you again. Hubpages just wasn't quite the same without my Kathy. I'm looking forward to more of your hubs. Thank you so much for your kindness, and hugs!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello rajan - Thank you for reading this hub and taking time to write a few words. I always love hearing from you. I appreciate your vote so much!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

vocalcoach,

Well, if anyone can convince me that it's not actually offensive for me to sing... it's you :-)

I have an absolute connection to music, I speak in lyrics and I cry to songs. I have always had a deep love, passion and appreciation for music but God did not bless me with a voice to match. I actually love singing. I love the way I feel when I sing, unfortunately, my singing can make ears bleed. This hub takes such a positive approach and creates inspiration and is so very encouraging. Great tips and advice, I loved this!

Voted up, useful and awesome!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cantuhearmescream - Ah, thanks. Your connection to music, your deep love, passion and appreciation is indeed a wonderful gift. I believe that God has indeed given you a lovely singing voice. Like a rare diamond buried deep beneath the earths surface, you may just need to work a little bit harder and find a qualified teacher to help you discover your voice. I know it's there. I'm so happy that you read this hub ad appreciate your votes!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

vocalcoach,

Aw, thank you so much... I have never had anyone say anything positive about my voice :-)

Honestly, do you think that it is possible for even the worst voice to have a chance of being pleasurable to the ears? I assumed you're given what you've got and it's either good or it's not. If there is hope, I would love to do something with it. ...Even the worst of voices?


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cantuhearmescream - A few years ago I was given an opportunity to accept a bet. Now, I'm not a gambling woman, but I could absolutely not resist this bet.

If I could teach this particular person how to sing in 16 lessons, I would not only be paid my currant rate for lessons but given a season pass for 2 at the symphony.

The person that I took under my wing was filled with fear. She was told by her own family that she had no talent for singing and was judged and laughed at. Her grandmother, knowing how badly she wanted to sing well, contacted me with this bet.

I spent 10 minutes testing the "wanna be a singer" and related to the grandmother that I could help her. To make a long story short, within 8 lessons she improved dramatically and by the 16th lesson entered a community talent show and placed 2nd out of 36!

Oh yes my friend, there is hope. You already know how to sing. God did not pass you by. As I said earlier, your diamond is buried beneath layers of doubt...but it's still a diamond right?

You're lovely voice is waiting to be discovered, deep within. There are no bad voices - just voices that are untrained. I'd love to see you pursue this dream. I'm here for you :)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

vocalcoach,

First I'd like to apologize for how long it took me to return; my emails get burried quickly under so many notifications and I lose track of them. Second... I'd like to apologe to myself!!! This is an excellent story. I honestly thought, you've either got it or you don't. Sure, there is practicing and training involved sometimes, but I really thought that some people, were just not meant to sing. I love your story and that and your support inspired me. How long does it take to get to Tennessee? :-)

I will have to read up on some more of your hubs and I will let you know how I'm making out! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

Cat


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi there Cat - No apologies needed (I'm guilty of the same thing :) Yes, you were born to sing, as we all are. We limit ourselves in so many ways. While you're right about some people are born with natural, pure, singing voices, we all have the ability to learn and discover those very same singing techniques.

I'm available to help anyone discover their singing voice using 'skype.' Thanks Cat for your support as you read my hubs!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This is good advice. As someone growing up in the northern part of the country before the sing-a-long culture I was never exposed to much singing. My mother liked to have a piano, Dad had an accordion but I think he was just trying to learn it. My oldest brother played a variety of instruments and tried to start his own band, but I don't recall much singing. It is a good thing you do to encourage singing. sharing


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dahoglund - You grew up in a musical family and what a great thing that is. Music in all forms creates an everlasting bond between people, especially in families. Just look at the memories that have remained alive and vivid. Singing is a gift given to every man, women and child. It clears away the cobwebs in the mind and we connect to our own love!


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

This is a very inspirational hub. I think many of us don't sing enough.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rochelle - You are absolutely correct. Singing is downright good for us. Thank you.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

HA HA HA to you always ended up doing solos , well dear i just LOVE to sing i sing anywhere anytime and when the craziness hits me i dance to, or grab a broom and dance with it ha ha ha. Singing and jumping in the shower is my thing self. Who hears hears lol i don't care.

Although i am shy i have a crazy side. Singing heals it gives you peace etc

Thanks for sharing


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LadyFiddler - Hello and am glad to see you here. I like your singing and enjoyed your video. You are a free spirit (like me). Life is full of wonderful music. You are part of it! Thanks.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I love singing, I sing at the top of my voice! probably sound like a strangled cat, but I don't care! lol! I have never done a solo like you, but I have done a sort of duet in the pub! lol!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Nell - La-la-la-la-la. We should do a duet. The pub is a good place to sing :) Love your attitude about singing. And I just bet you have a real good singing voice. Keep it up, sweetie!


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Zen-923 2 years ago from Massachusets

i Always love shower time and singing makes it even better


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vocalcoach 24 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Zen-923

There's nothing like a nice hot shower to bring out a great singing voice. :) Thanks.

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