A young girl, maybe three or four, heard my “personal” ditty’s and got excited, exclaiming to her father- “Daddy, see that lady sings in the store, I’m not bad.” He looked at me with a frown which I couldn’t determine if it was for me…giving his daughter proof that people do sing in public, or that it was obvious that HE made singing in public a “no-no” action for his daughter” and was an ass for doing so…and he knew it. His response answered my questioning gaze- “That lady is retarded and if you want everyone to think you are a moron, then, go ahead and sing.” ~whose the moron?
I sent the little one a wink and smile, and quickly made up a song about a grumpy ogre. Not sure if he was finished shopping in that particular section, but I can say I have never seen a cart disappear down the aisle so quickly. I hope that little girl always wants to sing, singing is wonderful.
I took a vocals class with a good friend, Connie, years ago and remember reading about how singing helps harmonize our chakras with the world and the divine.
Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed-- whether that is in our mind or from that magical space of inspiration--and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras—the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.
Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.