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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

There are two words that can best describe my biggest challenge, my hurdle of all hurdles, my proverbial Mount Everest: voice lessons.

I’m happy when I sing. The people around me, however, aren’t quite as content.

But, I’m finding that the urge to belt out a classic tune can’t be squelched by a few (okay, more than a few) groans. In fact, evidence is building that the urge shouldn’t be squelched. Music is therapeutic. So, here are the reasons, from not-so-scientifically collected data, that support my decision to put a music teacher to the test:

Squelch the urge:

  • I am not the next American Idol.
  • The dog presses her ears flat when I sing. I actually got her to howl once.
  • Even I turn up the volume so I can’t hear myself follow along.
  • Friends and family have been known to howl when I sing.

Don’t squelch the urge:

  • Singing, like chanting in yoga practice, can be calming, creating a vibration along the spine that is centering as well as energizing.
  • Like pranayama, or breathing practice, in yoga, I inhale deeply when I sing, expanding my lungs and flooding my cells with oxygen.
  • I can stay ahead of the softened voice symptom that about forty percent of those with Parkinson’s get by exercising my diaphragm and learning to project my voice.
  • A physical therapist once encouraged me to play music while on the treadmill. The beat helps with the gait patterning, she’d said. If I get stuck while walking around, start humming and the beat of the music can help to get unstuck.
  • In Oliver Sacks’ new book, Musicophilia, he highlights a case of a woman with Parkinson’s. She doesn’t move much from her chair all day. But if someone plays a certain kind of music, she dances.
  • It’s fun to sing. C’mon, who didn’t want to leap into the aisles and burst into song during Hairspray?

In the words of Earth, Wind, and Fire (to which I sing along, possibly even on key one of these days): Sing a song, it’ll make your day.

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