The Truth Why Anyone Can Sing - It's Your Birthright

5 Reasons We Think We Can't Sing

I've heard these words a thousand times. "I can't carry a tune in a bucket." This is nonsense. You can't carry water in a bucket if it's rusted and the bucket hasn't been cared for. So it is with singing on key.

You can be trained to carry a tune. You can learn to sing on key. The #1 reason for thinking you can't sing is because you think you can't learn to carry a tune. And here are 5 more reasons we think we can't sing:

  • I wasn't born with a good voice. You weren't? I could have sworn you announced your entry into this world with a well-projected, confident cry supported by proper breathing. You didn't give a hoot what anyone around you thought about how your sound.
  • I sound terrible when I try to sing like my favorite singer. Why not sing with your own, unique voice? Do you really only want to be a duplicate of someone else? Sing with a new and original sound - your own. Give up the notion that you need to be a carbon copy of someone else.
  • People tell me I can't sing right. Where did these folks get their teaching degree? Refuse to give your power away, especially to someone else. Prove to others, if you must, how well you can sing. Be passionate and unstoppable about this.
  • When I sing in a choir I have to follow the person next to me. And they follow the person next to them. What are you worried about? This is called "ear-training" on a beginning level (providing the person is singing on key.)
  • I don't like the sound of my voice. Well I don't like the way I knit. So I take lessons. If I can't find a free or inexpensive group to join then I pay for professional instruction. No one will keep me from learning how to knit...especially me!

You Can Sing ~ It's right inside of you.
You Can Sing ~ It's right inside of you. | Source

I Wish I Could Sing

Once there was a little frog

who wished that he could sing

He took a vocal lesson

But it didn’t do a thing


He’d croak and croak

the whole day long

And ribbit with all his might

And still he couldn’t sing a song

Just couldn’t get it right


“Why, oh why can I not sing?”

He asked the cow one day

"Just listen to my beautiful moo

Then sing it just that way."


The little frog, he tried and tried

But not one moo came out

He was so mad he couldn’t sing

He sat right down to pout


"Why, what is wrong?", ask mother bird

"And why are you so sad?"

"I want to sing", replied the frog

"I want to sing so bad."


"Well I will help you, and you will see

How easy it can be

Just listen to my lovely tone

And try to sing on key."


The mother bird sang oh so sweet

it seemed so easy to do

But when the little frog tried

Away the mother bird flew.

"I’ve had enough, I’m giving up

I’ll never learn to sing

I cannot moo, I have no tone

My sound it has no ring."


Then he heard a speaking voice

The sound so pure and true

"Little frog, dear little frog

Your songs inside of you."


A hypnotic nightly ribbit

Brings natures song to others

Connecting all gods children

as sisters and as brothers


So now you see you’ve had it here

Its right beneath your chin

You have the rarest instrument

It comes from deep within


So sing with joy dear little frog

Be confident and bold

Sing out for all the world to hear

Your story has been told.

By Audrey Hunt/vocalcoach


Facts On Why Anyone Can Sing

Here are the facts 'mam - or Mr. Take a good look. Or if you like, make up a tune of your own and sing each fact:

  • Sound (singing or speaking) is produced by vibration of the vocal bands (cords) set into motion by air. We all have vocal cords and we all have air.
  • The first sound you ever made was in the form of a cry (vibration and air.)
  • A baby's body, naturally forms sound by correct placement of vibrations (in the mask area) and inflates the abdomen and lower ribcage to inhale air.
  • Humming is a form of singing.
  • Singing on key involves ear-training which professionals practice regularly.

How to Correct A Vocal Problem

Increasing The Vocal Range
Add more breath support
Use Diaphragmatic Breathing
Singing on Key
Hear a pitch in your head and match it
Record your singing along with a recorded song
Articulation
Exercise Consonants
Learn to shape your mouth properly
Acquire a Beautiful Tone
Make space for the tone to resonate and Breathing Skills
Control your voice with breath support
Read from left to right.

There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva. ~Josh Groban

Cancer Claimed Her, But She Sang. Oh How She Did Sing.

As a Vocal Teacher and a Judge at Vocal Competitions throughout the United States, I have witnessed both singers and non-singers approach me, with tears in their eyes, asking me if I felt they could sing. Each waited with bated breath for my answer.

Megan was 10 years old, dying from cancer, but with a dream to fulfill. She wanted to sing. She wanted to be on a stage and experience the thrill of singing to an audience. This is all she asked for. This was the one thing she wanted to do before she passed on.

"I want to feel the emotion that comes from singing. I want to know that my audience is out there just to hear my voice. I have something to say, but I can only deliver my message through my song and with my voice."

I agreed to take Megan under my wing and train her. We met five days a week for four months. I transcribed her song and recorded for her an arrangement of piano background music that would weave in and out behind the notes of her precious voice. I wanted my arrangement to decorate her singing and not distract from it, or overpower the lyrics.

After four hard-working months, I entered Megan in the California Youth Talent Competition held in San Jose, California at the Fair Grounds. Her family and relatives attended along with a packed crowd that filled the auditorium.

Megan was so excited she could barely contain herself. She had lost all her hair during the chemo treatments and refused to wear a wig. She was determined to be an example for everyone who could see her. Then her name was called. It was her turn to perform. She was about to live her dream. Her little heart was beating so fast that it felt like it would burst.

She walked proudly and confidently out on the huge stage. Her little body was weak. Her sweet smile stirred something deep within me. Oh, how I wanted her to do well. Not for the glory of it, but as a gift to herself.

The music began to play - it was my music. I wanted so much for this arrangement to be perfect for her. Then an angelic sound seemed to come out of know where. The audience hushed and complete silence remained during her performance. The clarity and range of Megan's voice rang out and tears spilled over and down my cheeks. Her own joy permeated throughout the audience, striking the very core of her listeners.

When she took her final bow, the audience rose from their seats, shouting and clapping and wiping uncontrolled tears. Megan won the competition. She lived her dream. She saw her name and picture in newspapers. She died three weeks later.


The Late Karen Carpenter

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Our Maker did not intend for a selected few to sing.  Anyone and everyone can sing.
Our Maker did not intend for a selected few to sing. Anyone and everyone can sing. | Source

Summing It Up

Singing is both a mental and physical action. Fear enters it's ugly head when we lack knowledge and confidence. Fear takes on a variety of forms. Mental confusion, forgetting lyrics, negative inner dialogue, shaking, sweaty palms, and dry mouth are a few symptoms of fear.

If you have doubts about your voice and you want to sound better, for goodness sake get some singing lessons. If you can't afford a qualified teacher, grab a CD from amazon.com or download some lessons. It's a very inexpensive way to improve on your present voice. And your confidence will soar. And the more confidence you have, the better your voice will sound.

Enjoy your own singing voice. Stop giving others the power to judge your singing and confine your joy. Negative comments are not truth. They are simply an opinion. Believe in yourself the way I believe in you.

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Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music... The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Ribit! Ribit! Ribit! That's frog-speak, Audrey, for clever poem and great videos. Thanks for the double treat.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think that is a wonderful poem! It's really cute.


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tamron 5 years ago

What a cute up lifting hub! Awesome great illustration of images specially the frog! Ping Ya!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I love it!

As I used to say to my sisters, "You're as lovely as a frog in the spring!"

(I was the only boy, so I got away with such stuff!) :-0


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Will - Ribbit! I just love "You're as lovely as a frog in the spring!" And my little brother, also the only boy, got away with all kinds of stuff. We all laugh about it now. Thanks so much Will. :) vc


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love the poem and I thank you for putting a smile on y face so early in the morning.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome poetry Vocalcoach! I loved Karen Carpenter:)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

What a beauiful message in your sweet and touching poetry. How ironic that Karen Carpenter is the perfect example of someone who could not love her self enough to accept herself, and ultimately died aiming for what she envisioned as an improvement...an unsustainable illusion. Beautifully profound piece, Audrey


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Lovely poetry Audrey with a beautiful message! I listened to both videos with joy and peacefulness! You get a swing vote from me, Awesome!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I have an orchestra of frogs in my wet lands that sing me to sleep every night.

I love how the poem shows the uniqueness of each one of us and to be content with what we have.

Loved it : )


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Real poetry, that rhymes - how nice. Debbie Harry was lovely; Kermit was green.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Well that was a fun read Vocalcoach and so much to look at and see...Loved the message you sent our way!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela - Glad you liked my poem. We often need a little reminder to look inside to find our wish...our dream. :)vocalcoach


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Such a clever poem, you should really get into writing books for kids, you have a great talent.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is lovely ‘the sweet voice of poem and the voice of videos and what not.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Audrey I love this message, and it is written so well! You really should do something with this, I think it is better than most children's stories I have read lately! Rated up and awesome!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathi, dear friend - Thank you so much for your encouragement. A couple of people have also suggested I do something with it ( not sure what the next step would be though). Thanks for your rating too. Have a great day today and everyday. :) Audrey


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

H P - So nice to see you here. Thank you for your very kind and supportive comments. :)vocalcoach


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I want you to know I took this personally. :) up/awesome


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

There's a lesson there, that's more than a lesson. Tenderly rendered.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thank you very much for writing this beautiful poem. You are really my great vocal teacher. I am glad to hear frog singing in the rainy day. It's like an orchestra. Well done my friend. I give my vote to you. Cheers...

Prasetio


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is an awesome hub - voted it up. Couple of comments from me:

first a story-I used to own a dance studio and had my little creative movement class dance to the Rainbow Connection song. It was a wonderful little dance with them 'hiding' behind big umbrellas and peaking out before stepping in front and dancing.

Second--I followed this from the hubchallenge thread and it is actually posted in the middle of the thread like -8 months ago. So, when you post these on the thread make sure you hit the 'go to last post' and then hit the post a reply. Otherwise it jumps in the middle of the thread and not the current time. Just a suggestion for future.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Tamron - you adorable sweetie, you! Glad you liked my frog poem. :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - well, thank you my exceptional friend. Excuse me, while I croak :)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a delightful gift from you dear one, and to think your a poet as well, I enjoy your poetry very much the subject being a frog makes it all the more delightful. :) Katie


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

What a fun hub! I understand that frog. My singing sounds more like croaking. Your poem is a wonderful story, vocalcoach!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That is so beautiful, gorgeous and cute. Thank you for giving so much joy by reading it.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Qudsia - Thanks so much for you wonderful comment. It means so much to me. I may try submitting it at some point. :)vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hanna, my friend - I can tell that you enjoyed my poem and the message it conveys. I am happy for that. Thank you and God Be With You. vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Betty - Love your response. Gave me my morning chuckle.

Have a beautiful day and keep on croaking :) vocalcoach


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Such beauty in your words, I enjoy reading them again.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

l absolutely loved that. What a wonderful childrens´story it makes, too.

Thank you.

Dim


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim,

I am so pleased that you like my little poem. And I wanted to tell you how much I love your avatar. Beautiful! Just like you! :) vocalcoach


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Your poem is wonderful and meaningful. Thank you for publishing this little gem. I enjoyed it! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

James - sweet man ~

How very nice for you to take a few minutes of your busy schedule to read my little poem. I can always count on your support. Very thankful for that. BTW - I so enjoyed your hub and the photos. Beautifully done, as always. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Qudsia - You are so sweet ~ thank you very much. And you are a very good writer! :) vocalcoach


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I just love this! A beautifully inspiring poem for both young and old, simply told but with profound and whimsical elegance. Up and beautiful.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Genna - So nice to see you. Thank you for your lovely comments. Really do appreciate them - and you! :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

katie - So pleased that you liked my little poem. Poetry has always come easy to me, but it wasn't until I joined HP that I wrote with a purpose. I thank you for your encouragement in this direction. Hugs, :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Denise - Love your little story about your dance students. And I sure want to thank you for explaining to me about posting on the hub challenge thread. I will be sure to do that from now on. You are so kind to bring this to my attention. Any time you find any thing of mine that needs fixing, please know that I welcome the help. You are wonderful!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pasetio ~ I am honored to be your vocal teacher as I will always be honoring my higher self with you as my student and dear friend. And speaking of teachers. . .your students are blessed to have such a brilliant, caring and giving teacher. You are the sweetest and kindest person I know. We can both share the frogs orchestra of songs - even 'tho we are oceans apart. God bless you dear Pras! vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

chspublish - I love it when I find that you have commented on one of my hubs. I treasure your feedback. To have a 1/4 of your talent would be so welcomed by me. I thank you so much!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fay - You are tooooo cute! Your comment gave me a huge chuckle. Love it! - and you too. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b. malin - Oh, I am so glad to see you here. Thank you for enjoying my poem. Going to go visit you right now!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Breakfast Pop - Happy to do it! In fact thats the least I can do to repay you for all the wonderful recipies and exciting news you so kindly share with your marvelous hubs!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fossillady - Always feels so good to get a thumbs up from you. Thanks, my friend!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Realhousewife - Thanks for reading my little frog poem. And I love Karen Carpenter's voice. I still listen to her and the way her voice simply "melts" into each word.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

It goes without saying that our real magic is always within, and while not everyone will always appreciate the magic we share, at least SOMEONE will always find something special, and even if it's just one person, it makes the magic something of a wonderful gift...and worth sharing.

An enlightening bit of poetry here, so thanks for sharing it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I clicked on this by "accident" when I was reading your latest hub about kindness and passing it forward, but this little poem was so delightful that I stayed to read it all the way through.

Loved this. Voted up across the board!

And now I'm going back to your kindness hub.

You are such an inspirational treasure.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I so enjoyed your poem. Just goes to show you you maynot get what you want but you can get what you need. Up and funny.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Happyboomernurse - Good day my friend. I'm so darn happy that you found this poem. Very few have read it and it's one of my favorites because of the message. And thanks for reading my kindness hub. I will visit you soon and be blessed with your words of wisdom. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals - I'm thrilled to see you here. Your interpretation of my poem is absolutely accurate. Thanks for voting up and funny!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So sing with joy dear little frog

Be confident and bold

Sing out for all the world to hear

Your story has been told.

Oh Audrey what a truly beautiful hub I loved every aspect I am as I write listening to the beautiful voice Karen Carpenter which so beautifully adds to the magical innocence.

Thank you so much Audrey for sharing this with us all and I send you lots of love and hugs all the way from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

An adorable poem that would make a cute children's book!!

I never quit, I keep going and give it one more try.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

great write...as always ..Keep going.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sunshine - Like I've said before, you are an example for all to follow. I've noticed that we have one thing in common (except for Johnny Depp), and that is persistance!

carol7777 - Thanks for being here and I will keep right on going! ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Eddy - When an award-winning poet like yourself shares these kinds of comments with me, I am "over-the-moon" with joy. Karen Carpenter is my favorite singer of all time. Hugs to you sweet friend ~ Audrey


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Audrey,

What a wonderful poem! I love the message within it.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Audrey, This is my type of poem. Love the poem to bits, and it's good message too. Also love the videos, The Carpenters, Debbie Harry and Kermit.....great stuff.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Daisy - This poem was written as though another hand and mind (muse?) was in charge. It took all of 10 minutes. Isn't it great when this happens?

Jodah - Ah, gee...thank you so much. It's a good feeling when one's work is appreciated this much.

Thanks ~ Audrey


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is so beautiful. I have tears from reading this story. Your poem is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. I do believe everyone can sing. Blessings!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A lovely poem and an emotional, moving story. Anyone can sing, yes they can. Great hub, inspiring. Voted up.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

teaches12345 - Oh, thank you my friend. This mean so much to me. I admire you which makes your kind comments touch me even more.

Vellur - Your support is so very welcomed. I'm happy that you liked my poem and found my hub inspiring. Thank you.


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yecall 9 months ago from California

awww What a beautiful story about the child with cancer who sang...you touch my heart


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vocalcoach 9 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

yecall - Thank you so much for being here. Your comments mean a lot to me. Blessings to you.

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