Today, I’m grateful for my vocal cords or, more accurately, my vocal folds.
Air moving through one’s vocal folds produces sound — a simple, but remarkable process. Before this time of self-quarantining against the threat of Covid-19, my normal week would involve several social gatherings that included some talking and a lot of singing. These days, I spend an awful lot of time at home. Alone. No singing and very little talking takes place. Yesterday, I realized my vocal folds aren’t getting enough exercise. But I think it’s time to change that. I’m thankful for them, so it’s time to wake them up and start singing again. That way I’ll be ready for the day when it’s safe to sing with others again. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the Carpenters Gold: Greatest Hits album.
On yet another rainy day, sitting at my computer, I decided to open iTunes. Much of the time lately, I prefer quiet, but I needed music yesterday. The first thing I saw was my recent purchase of this album full of old songs. Listening to it lifted my spirits and made life feel a little simpler for a while. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the means to repair the wind chime that my brother gave me many years ago.
It’s been battered by the New England weather and is not much to look at anymore. The metal pipes have detached; the strings have broken. But a little nylon fishing thread and wood glue work wonders. I hope to hang it today and hear its music again. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for new batteries in my guitar.
I bought myself a new guitar months ago. It’s got a built-in tuner — something I’ve never had before. Twice now, I’ve mistakenly left it on and depleted the batteries. I’m happy to have a new pair of batteries that I hope to take better care of this time. Now I can tune up and play on. . .
My a cappella chorus can’t meet in real-time these days. We meet once a week via video chat, but it’s not really conducive to singing in harmony. So, while we wait to be together again, we’ve got a couple of songs to learn individually. It’s not as much fun, this singing alone, but it’s something. 🙂
Last night, I met thirty of my a cappella chorus-mates on Zoom (video chat) to catch up on life away from the risers. Yesterday morning, ten church choir members chatted for a while (again, on Zoom) about our new normal. It was good to see their faces. One church keyboardist even emailed a piano track to a song we sing, so I pulled out my guitar and played along. It soothed the sore spot in my musical soul. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?
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Today, I’m grateful for singing harmony with friends.
There’s something about adding a harmony to a beautifully sung melody that lifts my spirit to a higher plane. It’s like living inside the music for a moment in time. And I’m grateful for the experience.
At least once a week, I sing with some incredibly talented women in an a cappella chorus. Then, at church, I sing with many dedicated choir members. And also at church, I get to play guitar with several multi-talented singers and musicians. What a blessing to experience their gifts!