The Miracle Of Singing - Life-Changing Moments

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Singing Changes Lives

One reason singing is so powerful is because it instantly changes how a person feels. This feeling applies to both the singer and the listener. It's a way to give (from the singer) and receive (the listener.) Singing can change lives and even bring miracles.

Singing brings the power of miracles. I have witnessed this often as a singer.

  • The human singing voice can lift the sadness of another person, bringing hope and comfort.
  • A beautiful voice filled with expression says "I know how you feel, you are not alone."
  • The feeling of deep love is often exchanged between 2 people (or more) through singing.
  • Lyrics which start out as mere words on a page come alive through a variety of dynamics and feelings that the singer conveys through tone and diction.
  • Singing is so powerful it can motivate, encourage and inspire all within it's reach.

Music releases endorphins.
Music releases endorphins. | Source

How Singing Brought A Miracle - True Story

The Old Man Who Couldn't Speak.

On a cold and snowy November evening, I arrived at a Senior facility where I agreed to provide some after-dinner entertainment. Now I have never liked going out in the cold and this particular night was no exception. I was frozen to the bone.

As soon as I was greeted at the door by a jolly, warm-hearted woman, I stepped inside and immediately forgot all about being cold. The stage was all set up for me and the care-givers had obviously worked hard on decorations. The auditorium was filled to the brim with seniors in wheelchairs, with walkers, crutches and all seemed to have looks of despair.

I knew where those looks came from. Many were in pain, both physically and mentally. Most were lonely spawned by the daily routine and absence of family members. Some were entirely forgotten about like an old pair of shoes no longer needed.

I felt their pain. About 15 minutes into my show, I decided to have a sing-a-long. I chose the song "You Are My Sunshine." I wanted music everyone knew and a happy, up-beat song. During the singing, I walked from the stage into the audience and with a huge smile and began clapping my hands to the rhythm and beat of the song.

One-by-one each person in the audience began clapping along, including a man in a wheelchair sitting near the stage with his care-giver close beside. As the aging man began to clap the care-giver was astonished. Sensing that this was unusual, I bent down to meet his eyes and sang just to him. He began to join me in singing, clapping the entire time.

After my gig was over I stopped by the office to pick up my check. As I entered the room I was surprised to see it so full of administrators and nurses. The applause gave me chills, but I couldn't figure out why this was happening. I didn't have to wonder long.

It seems that the gentleman in the wheelchair had experienced a miraculous event. Up until my show, he was unable to speak or feed himself. Even therapy was uneventful for him.

But something happened during the sing-a-long and for the first time since his stroke, he was able to co-ordinate his hands and even sing. Singing also brought back his speaking voice.

Oh, the power of singing.

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Surprising Facts About The Singing Voice

You might be interested in a few facts about singing. Some of these facts are truly surprising. The following information is taken from www.Encyclopedia.com:


  • Sounds can influence brain wave frequencies.
  • Brain function will physically change in response to music.
  • The rhythm in music can guide the body into breathing in slower, deeper patterns that have a calming effect.
  • Music can also relieve muscle tension and improve motor skills.
  • Levels of endorphins, natural pain relievers, are increased while listening to music, and levels of stress hormones are decreased.
  • A 1993 study at Michigan State University showed that even 15 minutes of exposure to music could increase interleukin-1 levels, a consequence which also heightens immunity.
  • Newborns may enjoy even greater benefits from music. Premature infants experience more rapid weight gain and an earlier discharge from the hospital than their peers who are not exposed to music. There is also anecdotal evidence of improved cognitive function in premature infants from listening to music.
  • Patients with brain damage from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurologic conditions have been shown to exhibit significant improvement as a result of music therapy.
  • Music and singing can have a striking effect on patients with Alzheimer's disease , even sometimes allowing them to focus and become more responsive for a time

Try singing different colors to help bring a variety of emotion and color to your voice.
Try singing different colors to help bring a variety of emotion and color to your voice. | Source
Children's singing lessons promote self -confidence
Children's singing lessons promote self -confidence | Source
Your baby loves to hear you sing.  Soothe a tummy ache or tired little one by singing soft lullabys.
Your baby loves to hear you sing. Soothe a tummy ache or tired little one by singing soft lullabys. | Source

Singing Enhances Other Skills In Children

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.

I witnessed many of my own young vocal students progress in math and reading after a few months of lessons. These young people were having problems in school, some even failing in both of these subjects.

I believe that part of the reason for such progress has to do with rhythm and counting exercises, reading music and the need to read ahead and combining 2-3 actions at one time.

“Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.” ( www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts )

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Anyone Can Sing - Vocal Lessons
Anyone Can Sing - Vocal Lessons

Learn to love your voice as you sing better with these improvement exercises by Audrey Hunt ~

 

Singing Each Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Ever since ancient times, singing has been considered a healing tool. With daily chanting, 'evil spirits' were drawn away. Families set aside certain times each day to gather together and chant using different tones and syllables.

Singing strengthens the immune system, according to research by scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, published in the latest edition of the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Concentrations of immunoglobin A - proteins in the immune system which function as antibodies - and hydrocortisone, an anti-stress hormone, increased significantly during singing including practice sessions.

Other ways in which singing is a healthy thing to do:

  • Singing drives away the blues as it lifts the spirit.
  • It gives the lungs a good workout when using diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Because singing releases endorphins into the system, you feel more energized.
  • Studies show that those who sing are healthier than people who don't sing.
  • Because we use deep breathing when we sing, we take in more oxygen and improve circulation.

Can singing prolong life?

Greg Cohen of George Washington University tracked a Senior Singers Chorale in Arlington, Va. The chorale singers’ average age is 80 — the youngest is 65 and the oldest 96. Preliminary data shows the singers suffer less depression, make fewer doctor visits a year, take fewer medications and have increased their other activities.

Healthy singing from the diaphragmatic area of the body.  Learning this method of breath control will prolong your life because you are getting more oxygen and circulation.
Healthy singing from the diaphragmatic area of the body. Learning this method of breath control will prolong your life because you are getting more oxygen and circulation. | Source

Final Thoughts About How Singing Brings Miracles

Singing can instantly change lives for the better, even over-coming physical trauma such as stroke.

  • One of the best fixes for depression is to sing a song with a positive message.
  • Singing can motivate, uplift and inspire others.
  • Children with low grades will show marked improvement after studying music.
  • Music improves motor skills.
  • Singing release endorphins giving more energy and feeling happy.
  • Musical training physically develops the left side of the brain.
  • Singing strengthens the immune system.
  • Singing can prolong life.

Sound therapist Jovita Wallace says "Sound vibrations massage your aura, going straight to what's out of balance and fixing it."

Perhaps the most powerful message of all is this - singing is a joy.

When Do You Sing?

  • While I'm in the car
  • In the shower or tub
  • When no one is listening
  • I'm a professional singer and sing for a living
  • While I do housework
  • With my children
  • In church or synagog
  • I chant often
  • I never sing
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© 2013 Audrey Hunt

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49 comments

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

What can I say? My world of wonder opened to me when I met my teacher Johnny Land. I cannot talk anymore, let alone sing.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mhatter99 ~ I'm sorry to hear this. If you don't mind sharing, what happened to your voice? Thank you ~ Audrey


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wished i could sing :) the note seems very cold to me and unfriendly..


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

Sorry for your two above commentators, or commenters should it be.

I like singing "Jerusalem," although I'm not religious, but, "Bring me my bow of burning gold,"etc., does have a resonance to it.

The shower is the place because we all (blokes) sound like Pavarotti in there.

Bob


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HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

Audrey- this hub is extremely important and informative. Your story of the stroke victim in the nursing home brought a tear to my eye. This is the very reason music therapy is so important and needs to be accessible to everyone! It's not frivolous, it shows real results.

As far as the children doing better in school after music lessons, in my studies the reason is because you are using both sides of the brain at the same time which strengthens the corpus collosum (The part of the brain that connects the 2 hemispheres). There are not a lot of activities that work that muscle, music is one of the few. Larger corpus collosum are linked with better memory and improved intelligence.

Great hub I voted up and shared. I hope we can get the message out about the true benefits of music and how it's not just a nice extra.

Heather


Vickiw 3 years ago

This is a beautiful Hub Audrey, and it is so true that music and singing lift the heart snd soul. What a wonderful feeling to be able to help someone like that, and possibly lead them into a whole new path of enjoyment. Thank you for this. Miss you Audrey! I can be found at http://www.griefcanheal.com now!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Audrey, I do believe you engaged most of the senses in the first three or four paragraphs....and the introduction was excellent...and then the story of the man who could not speak....perfect!

I loved every word of this. Great tutorial, interesting information and written oh so well.

love,

bill


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wonderfully created as always Audrey.

Voted up and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Great hub. I have loved singing ever since I was a child (though my listeners have not always agreed). I was brought up in Wales and when I left there, I was amazed at how little singing people in other parts of the UK do. I sing to my grandchildren now. They are uncritical listeners :). One thing I have found though, is that keeping up physical exercise improves my voice, probably increases breathing ability.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent as always! Voted way up.


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denise.w.anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Singing has changed my life! I have found that singing when I feel down is a definite mood lifter, and have used it many times in my home to help others feel better when they are down. My husband is a professional musician, and we frequently attend musical events. These keep us feeling positive and uplifted regularly. We are both involved with our church choir, and have seen the dramatic affects of high quality music in the religious setting.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

It is amazing what the power of singing can do! Your singing has mad an old man speak. Singing is healing and brings peace and joy. It is definitely great for children and everyone. Great hub, voted up.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Audrey,

This is such an inspirational and powerful story here. Thank you for sharing of such a miracle here and of all the amazing benefits of singing. I wanted to answer all of the above on your poll!

"You are my Sunshine" is one of my favorite songs to sing with my granddaughters as they just are thrilled with so much joy at singing it ...well, all other songs too, and they do not even mind when I sing off-key : ) That is one of the great things about being a grandparent.

Your story should be shared all around, especially in such places as you have described here for one never knows of the blessings and miracles that can happen. I am glad you are using your gift to bless others and bring much joy into this world.

Up and more and sharing

God bless you, Faith Reaper


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

What a super hub on singing! I love singing and it's the only one thing that comforts me when I'm depressed. Loved your write-up, voting this up pressing all the buttons except funny. Sharing too!!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Audrey, I have to come back to this when I buy new speakers (they died on me today!). I'm particularly interested in hearing the little girl sing without musical accompaniment. I have music on constantly and I sing to it. When I worked outside of my home, my boss would sometimes come into my office and ask me what was wrong. She said when she didn't hear me singing from across the hall, she knew I was having an off day. I worked in accounting during this period. I didn't even realize I was singing, but apparently, it's a part of who I am. I feel so good when I belt out a song as if no one is listening. It changes my whole mindset because the music encapsulates me. I am comfortable and am totally me when I'm singing.

I definitely have to come back to this and listen when my audio situation has been remedied.

Will you share a video of your voice with us? I'd love to hear you sing.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You have such a way about you. This is a very inspirational article.


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quildon 3 years ago from Florida

Beautiful hub, Audrey. I love to sing. I don't know what I would do if I lost my voice or for some reason I couldn't sing. I used to sing in the choir in high school, but now I only sing to myself and in church. It's so true what you said about singing and music releasing endorphins and making us feel better. I see it with my patients in behavioral health all the time. Any time we have a music group they appear much happier and more alert by the end of the group. Voted up and useful!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

unknown spy - Fear has a way of producing these types of results. Chances are too, that your family probably didn't do much singing. There is a reason you have this feeling toward singing. You certainly were not born with this. I just want to hug you ~ Thanks, Audrey


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

What a super hub to get the world to sing. I love to raise my endorphins. I like to sing in the shower, and when someone irritates me, I sing to forget the irritation. Sometimes I talk to myself, and that can even make me feel better The harmonica is my instrument to help my breathing.Th amazing part of this story is the man whose life came alive in the sing-a-long. You never know when you might change someone's life, even for a day. Truly, I was never aware of all the changes that singing can make. Sharing with a pin on my improvement board. Blessings. Audrey


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SamitaJassi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

Wow, what a message you are spreading here! This was an awesome heart-warming read, and I'm bookmarking it so I can return from time to time to re-read! Thank you so much, you are touching lives without even knowing it.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Bob - Your comment made me feel better. I like your choice of music to sing as well as the place :) Thank you!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Your passion for singing is remarkable and it shines through in this hub. Each of us, no matter our skill or infirmity, can enjoy the benefits of song in some form or fashion. Music often touches our most joyous moments and our saddest and binds us to one another spiritually, culturally and through families. Well done hub! Voted up and more!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

This lovely treatise is not only well-written, dear Audrey, but motivating and inspiring as well - not an easy task. Your suggestions re the power of music and song are superb and uplifting.

Singing can almost instantly change one's attitude: probably why I prefer 'You Are My Sunshine' and 'Singing in the Rain' to 'Stormy Weather' and 'Old Man River.' Never stop reminding us, m'dear. Voted way Up!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

What an awesome hub and I learned so many things that surprised me through the research you shared.

Your nursing home story was very moving as I have witnessed Alzheimer's patients respond in similar ways like the old man did.

And the video of the young girl's audition for American Idol warmed my heart and brought back fond memories of myself as a small child singing that same song day after day as it was my favorite.

Voting this up across the board and shared as it is sure to have a positive effect on all who see it.

Sending Hugs , Love & Smiles Your Way,

Gail


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TeriSilver 3 years ago from The Buckeye State

As a (now, semi-professional) vocalist who also spent several decades on the radio airwaves, I can honestly say that singing is more than just a way of expression. It's a lifetime. Nice piece.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

I loved this awesome singing hub of yours and I always felt that singing was healthy for us, but never knew it could extend your life and longevity on earth. Wow!

Nicely written and I learned a great deal of new stuff I never known about singing and its true to life unseen benefits. Thanks for sharing with us all Vocalcoach.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I loved Henry's video. You can see how music changes the mood and emotional status of people. Your story is beautiful. You certainly made a difference. Thanks for the positive points on how music can help us live life much happier and healthier.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Audrey: This is a wonderful article on singing. I agree with everything you say in the article. Singing can certainly help to lift the soul and sooth it especially when people are ill. And, it is wonderful for babies and even when they are still in the womb. My sister, when she was pregnant with all three of her children, always introduced music to them when in the womb. I think it does help them to grow stronger and is something they do hear. What an uplifting hub. I sang in a choir when I was in Florida and it is a wonderful thing to be a part of. We were all just average singers, but together we were phenomenal. Singing is truly a wonderful thing and it is wonderful that you have been dedicated and worked in this area throughout your life.


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bluebird 3 years ago

You chose an excellent subject - singing uplifts and inspires and moves us all. It is a subject close to my heart, I love singing and listening to beautiful voices sing.

Thanks for a great hub and the wonderful story you shared - the beauty and power of the singing voice is truly amazing. Also appreciated all the instruction you've shared.

Great job, deserves hub of the day!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Audrey, that was a lovely story about the guy who you helped by singing to him, and the video too, wonderful! I sing at the top of my voice when I am cleaning! lol! and yes I am sure it does help with depression and lots of other things too, wonderful hub! voted up and shared! nell


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

How interesting! I have always thought singing was loads of fun. I use to teach elementary school and we sang and sang. Also snag a lot as a family. Great Hub!


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skellie 3 years ago from Adelaide

I think this is a great hub. The whole world she feel the warm embrace of a beautiful voice. I feel that singing touches the soul in a way that nothing else can. The most beautiful piece of music I have heard is by a man called "IZ" on youtube. He sings "Over The Rainbow" and plays the ukalele( is that how it's spelt, lol). Everyone has to listen to it. You will cry if you are touched by singing and music.

Awesome hub, voted up :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

diogenes - "Jerusalem" is a marvelous song, religious or not. Keep singing, Pavarotti!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

HeatherH104 - Thank you for sharing your expertise on the benefits of children doing better in school after music lessons. I have learned additional, valuable information from you. I do hope readers take time to read this comment.

Thanks for your vote and for sharing. I agree that this is an important message to get out! ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Vickiw - Thank you dear friend for your kind comments. I miss you too. Thanks so much for the link. I will visit you soon. Blessings and many good wishes Vicki ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

billybuc ~ Glory Be! I feel like I've just won the lottery. To receive your 'stamp of approval' on the introduction is a goal that I have long waited for. Do you have any idea how your 'teaching' inspires and helps writers? You provide such expert training for us.

I just received my first 'A' from you. Thank you for taking the time to point out the areas I have excelled in. I'm so happy!

Love ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dearest Eddy - So nice to see you. Thank you for your nice comment and good wishes. Take care, my friend ~ Audrey


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

What a wonderful hub. I have tried to encourage depressed friends to put on music from their favourite era, usually it's as simple as what was popular when we were young.

Your story here and video is tearjerking!!!!

My mum , who l'm sure l've mentioned many times , since she died when l was only ten,..... she could sing, so beautifully before she became ill.Even though l was so young, l can still hear her singing one song called "On the street where you live" from My Fair Lady. It warms my heart each time.

I love the way you have put this hub together and l do hope it will help others who are sick, depressed or lonely. Fabulous work. Thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Such a beautiful writing. I saw the little girl that wowed Simon back awhile and she wowed me too. Singing will always remind me of my mother. She was a natural born singer and my childhood plus some was filled with her songs.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

DreamerMeg - Yes, physical exercise most definitely contributes to better breath support and brings energy to the tone. How sweet, that you sing to your grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your comments.

WillStarr - Thank you my friend for being here. Your support always means so much to me!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

denise.w.anderson Thanks for sharing the musical experiences enjoyed by you and your husband. I love hearing this!

Vellur - You really do understand the benefits of singing. I wish everyone could. Thank you so much!


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I love listening to music and often sing alone. It certainly does perk up my mood and makes me feel good. I appreciate your sharing the power of singing via the story of the stroke affected victim.

Thanks for this lovely hub Audrey.

Voted up, useful, interesting. Shared and pinned.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

It goes without saying that the little girl was awesome! The old man too. I actually liked his voice and was inspired by the way he opened up. Both reflected the beauty of the Spirit, even the girls mom.

All your rationale's are valid but it is the Spirit that first feels the soulfulness of the spoken word and then transfers it to the other members of the human psyche: heart, mind, vital and body.

Excellent piece Audrey. Is that you in the pic? Cute with sweet simplicity. Much love and greetings to you at this festive time. God's Peace.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rajan jolly - Thank you my friend for being here. You always put a smile on my face!

manatita44 - You have spoken this beautiful truth, "it is the Spirit that first feels the soulfulness of the spoken word and then transfers it to the other members of the human psyche: heart, mind, vital and body."

I love this so much! Both photos are vocal students of mine. Thank you for being who you are. - Blessings and peace ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear bluebird (love this name.) Your lovely words have touched my heart. And I've never had a hub of the day. That would be incredible. Thank you for your appreciation for what I have written. How marvelous that you love singing as well as listening to beautiful voices sing. Singing can bring the power of miracles!


Vickiw 2 years ago

Hi Audrey - just wanted to tell you that I thought of you constantly today! I attended Rosssini's opera, "Cinderella" today, and it was so beautiful. The little community where I live brings these wonderful

"live from the NY Met " HD presentations, usually on a Saturday, to our cinema, and we start early because of the time difference. This was a phenomenal opera, and I just found myself wondering what you would think and say about it? This Hub is beautiful.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vickw - I'm so happy you have shared your experience with me. How very sweet of you to think of me as you watched this magnificent opera. Rossini's Cinderella is considered to be one of his greatest operatic achievements. His most famous opera is "The Barber of Seville." And Rossini was also an accomplished Pianist,and praised by the great Pianist Franz Liszt. He is one of my favorite composers. How wonderful that you were able to attend this event. Thank you Vicki ~ Audrey


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Lorelei Cohen 23 months ago from Canada

Singing is indeed a very powerful therapy. I use it to help keep my lungs clear and my immune system running a little more tickity-boo. The car is where I do most of my singing.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Lorelei

You have found an excellent and healthy reason to sing. Good for you! The car is a great place to sing. Thanks.

Audrey

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