|I like to sing because it feels so good. |
When singing I am totally engaged in the moment. The brain isn't thinking about tomorrow or what I ate for lunch or the economy. I am present and immersed in the song. Performing music engages both sides of the brain; one has to think and not think. It is quite a challenge and thoroughly satisfying.
Someone once said you can't sing and be in a bad mood. Its true! Even when providing music for a funeral, The moment of song allows dear ones to simply be and express their grief. At a wedding, while singing Ave Maria, for instance, it gives everyone, especially the bride and groom a chance to relax and take a moment to experience their ceremony.
Long before I attended music school and was trained in the classical singing style, I would sing along with musicals. I have gained most of my wisdom from them! I copied the beautiful voices of Julie Andrews, Shirley Jones and Marnie Nixon (the voice of Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story). I am a soprano with a rich and sweet sound that has a lot of "spin" to the tone. My voice is clear and mellow.