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. 🙂
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!
Today, I’m grateful for children’s singing. The unfettered energy and raw talent that pours out of the mouths of children is a joy to listen to. Last night, I attended a community chorus’s concert. Toward the end, their children’s chorus stood and sang John Lennon’s “War Is Over”. Singing is a whole-body sport and children know how to put everything they have into it, without the restraint that we adults practice. It was beautiful thing!