Just Sing, Sing a Song

“Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.”

I have not gone mad.  Quoting lyrics from a song The Carpenters made famous (with a little help from their Sesame Street friends) is not my normal behaviour (no, wait…).  Least of all quoting one of the most sweet and sickly set of lyrics possibly ever written (OK, you’ve got me – I do actually like listening to The Carpenters particularly on a long-haul flight), but before you click to another page in disgust consider the sense in these words.

Singing has been shown to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure.  The act of singing sends lovely endorphins through your body creating a feel-good factor similar to the feeling you get tucking into a bar of chocolate.  Imagine that, something that can almost compete with the joy of eating chocolate. 

Singing with other people has the added benefit of providing an increased sense of belonging and shared experience.  Longer term singing can increase your lung capacity and feed your body with higher levels of oxygen which keeps you more awake and alert.  Perhaps offices should introduce a post-lunch singing session to ward off the post-lunch carb-slump.  In any case various studies have shown direct links between singing and improvements in health, including heart-health and mental benefits.  If you do it properly it can even tone your tummy muscles.  Isn’t that better than pumping hard at the gym?

Excitingly these studies have not only focussed on “proper singers” or professionals but on a wide variety of “normal” people who just enjoy singing for fun.  Beautiful people, this means you can gain all these benefits whether or not you consider yourself a singer.  Who cares whether you sing in tune…ok, so maybe your neighbours might show some concern but don’t worry about them – encourage them to join you and start a neighbourhood singing group!  Who knows, perhaps you will find a hidden talent?  Or maybe it will just give you a chance to let go and live a little more fully than you have before.  Let go of those negative thoughts about singing and just go for it.

“Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la laaaa”

 

[Lyrics to “Sing” by Joe Raposo]

 

 

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10 Responses to Just Sing, Sing a Song

  1. veehcirra says:

    Funny I started humming as I read this. Singing at a karaoke is on my bucket list, am not sure how I will ever bring myself to do it…

    • loustar02 says:

      Top tip for overcoming karaoke fear: see if you can find one of those great karaoke rooms that you can book privately with a few friends and start there (in the UK we have several where you can hire a room for 4 or 5 people and sing privately). You can then take a next step up to a full on karaoke bar when you have done it a few times. Or sing with a friend or two to start with. Honestly they can never make out who is singing what if there are lots of you. Good luck with ticking it off the list – don’t think about it too much just get out there and go for it! Keep us posted on how it goes.

  2. dmmacilroy says:

    I’m singing as I type this. Nice post. Spread the word (and see you tomorrow for FridayFictioneers.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  3. I like a bit of the Carpenters myself, and wish I could sing like Karen Carpenter did, what a beautiful voice she had.

    • loustar02 says:

      I have to confess that I do love listening to her sing when I’m travelling and need to sleep – so relaxing! I also have many happy memories of listening to The Carpenters on long car journeys to/from our family holidays in times gone by.

  4. 1smiles says:

    Very cheerful and upbeat!

  5. pattisj says:

    Ah, yes, I remember that song well. I also like that I can benefit from song, when anyone within earshot may not.

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