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SINGING IS DIGNIFIED SCREAMING!!!!
By Edith Barnard

What happens when we sing? The act of singing generates a concentrated "charge" in the mind/body system, the results of which are more efficient use of the brain, better concentration, and higher states of awareness and receptivity. The deepened, rhythmic breathing that singing requires, coupled with acoustical frequencies involved in music, act to release stress by stabilizing the heartbeat and increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. As all know, you cannot sing and stay depressed. "Singing the blues" raises you from the condition that sparked the song (or elongated scream). When we sing, we are tuning ourselves as instruments. The more in tune with yourself you are, the stronger the bridge you are building to those with whom you are singing and to those who listen and receive the song.

Singing is a simple, joyful activity, opening people to one another at
various levels in a natural, easy way. The shortest distance between two people is a song! Singing is like charging your battery. Even shy people (and aren't we all?) will feel the change that results from the strong focus of singing. Singing helps us build bridges between and among ourselves.

Anyone can sing. Have you ever heard a 5-year-old say that they can't
sing? Those with whom I've spoken can instantly recall the incident in their childhood when an adult told them to "sing softly while others sing loudly" or to "just mouth the words." Whenever I hear this sad tale, and I hear it often, I am reminded that it is really a story about the adult who really didn't want to take the time to help the person learn the simple basics of singing. Just as singing can be a learned skill, it can also be quickly unlearned in these sad experiences. Through risking opening our mouths and "making a joyful noise" we draw on those deep resources of hope and strength common to all. Singing with friends and colleagues is a testimony to our strength-inconnection. We are not islands in isolation. When we open our mouths to sing, we become part of the current of life; the music of the spheres. So, go ahead and "sing/scream" with delight. It just may be the beginning of your own special song!

SING FOR THE HEALTH OF IT!

Do you love singing in the shower or car, yet are afraid to sing
with other people?
This is the class for you!!!
Improve your stamina, breath control, energy, & have fun
"making a joyful noise" singing wonderful songs & meeting cool
people!!
Limited to 7 shy, courageous risk-takers who think they can't
sing!!

Call Edith Barnard, voice coach, 309-922-9058 to learn more.




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