I can’t tell you how many audience members (male and female) came up to me after the concert and told me they were “secretly” singing.
Maybe they were dreaming about things like children. They may have started to learn and learn about singing when they were young. But then another chance came to work or marriage or motherhood and the singing was going on in the background and I finally got out of the car!
Pianists recognized the same desire in me; as doctors, social workers, marketing professionals, guitarists, massage therapists … The list goes on. I tell them what I am saying to you. If you want to sing:
Everyone has to sing
I think everyone should sing. Learning how to is better than learning time or money. First of all, the singing makes you happy. Can you imagine the fun you feel playing a song on the radio? What the little one does can be compared to singing – listening to loud sounds and rhythms flowing through our body. We are different musicians from other musicians. We are our instrument.
There are many benefits to singing
But there are many other benefits to taking singing lessons.
- You will learn how to be confident and calm. (Looking higher.)
- Your breath changes – it expands. Your speech is louder.
- You see some feelings you didn’t know you had.
- You will learn how to express these feelings through song.
- You trusted to sing in front of others; for easy verification.
- It’s easier to say how you feel.
- You can enter a crowded room with great pleasure.
- In other words, it will be more for you!
And no matter what age you are. Perhaps now is the right time to satisfy your longing desire, to raise your voice in speech; or sing hymns for your youth; a record of some of your loved ones’ favorite songs; finally know you have a voice.
But then again, you will find that your deepest desire to share your life experience with music has gone beyond what you thought you might have.
One of my students, Claire Duchesneau, is 59 years old. Three years ago, he returned to singing after a few years away. He has not lost his interest in singing. He is currently working on his second CD with high quality jazz songs. The initial response to his first CD (which I made) was insane. And he will soon be setting a second record at a prestigious jazz club in Montreal.
Claire and I feel the same way about singing – “It’s never too late to sing! If you want to sing, do it!”
Different needs for different ages
People in their 60s will have different personal concerns and voices than those in their 50s or 40s. Each dozen has its own challenges and rewards. However, no matter what age you are, you have a lifelong experience of some three songs. And remember, in the world of jazz, blues and country music, he still loves the great singer.