I once read "All I needed to know I learned in Kindergarten". All I really remember is the author pointing out:
- If you ask a group of children "who can sing?", they will all raise their hands enthusiastically.
- If you ask a group of adults "who can sing?", you'll get crickets.
However, karaoke is huge: surely some people think they can sing. (And despite the extreme urge to mock, many karaoke participants are very good, actually).
I can hold a tune, but I'm not doing karaoke without serious preparation (and I have no time or interest for that). As a youth, I used to sing a lot when I was alone. It made me happy. When I was very young, I listened to The Beatles often and I probably sang to that.
I have noticed that since taking up piano, I hum and sing much better. I have a better sense of key, something that guitar never afforded me. I have no idea how to breathe properly, though, which seems vital. I learned this from an ill-fated COCA class which I dropped out of frustration -- another story.
Interestingly, my family does not sing in church. That's a pity. Ah well... As is well-documented on here, I enjoy some key singers in my church back home, especially at Christmas time.
Though you'll never hear me, here are some favourite songs of mine, to sing:
- Amazing Grace
- Wasn't that a party? (by the Irish Rovers!)
- Sweet Child o Mine (a lovely song, despite Axl's attempts to kill it)
- Eleanor Rigby (dear heaven, what a song)
- Christmas in the Trenches (John McCutcheon), more so for story
- You Had Time (Ani Difranco), more so for lyrics and sentiment
What a random post on a Friday night....
ps. Do you sing? Which songs?
pps. Yes, my favourite Beatle is Paul. John was divine, but if I have to pick...