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Rachael Kane
from: Rachael Kane
Category: Groups & Sound

A Big Fat Lie About Singing

It's time to bust some myths about singing. One of the biggest myths surrounding singing is that it only for a select few.

Singing is for Every-One and we need to re-claim our right to sing again.

It’s not just for established or potential pop or rock stars. This myth has been perpetuated by our individualist way of thinking and our need for recognition for what we do.

Throughout history many, many more people used to give themselves permission to sing and it wasn’t determined by so many external factors. It wasn’t about how good your voice was, if you were in tune, or had 'the look', it wasn’t about competing with each other, or trying to be better than anyone else.

Singing was a way of coming together, expressing ourselves and feeling our natural connection to each other

There was a sense of community, a sense of support, a sense of who we are. This connection runs much deeper than many may have considered and this is why so many of us are magnetically pulled, if you like, to come together and experience the awesomeness of singing in a group.

Recently the BBC published this article – Choir Singers Synchronise Their Heart Beats – talking about the fact that when we sing together our breathing and our heartbeats synchronize, bringing us in line with each other. Bupa health insurance has this article published their on their website , talking about the health benefits of singing, especially in groups, and quotes research done by Jenny Sharples, psychologist and Executive Dean at Victoria University. Professor Sharples’s research concluded that – Group singing is a powerful personal and social health promotion activity, with benefits such as, increased self-confidence, empowerment, wellbeing and interpersonal skills, and lowered feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. Power-full stuff, but no surprise to those who know the feeling of singing from deep in their hearts in a group.

Singing is so very simple. When we choose to let go of our self-judgement and be truly present, we connect to our hearts and experience the true joy of singing

On a physical level, singing from our deep within our hearts feels committed but never pushed or exhausting. It feels expanding and the body can remain in a gentle, natural state without having to try or over exert itself.

My experience of holding singing groups over the last few years has been amazing

Observing people unfolding, by re-connecting to themselves and letting go of the limiting mind imposed ideals about singing and re-discovering how simple singing really is, continues to be an absolute joy.

There have been people who have never sung in front of anyone before, who now love singing in a group. I see many people who have always wanted to sing but have been holding it back for years! The relief when they let go and start to express is very beautiful. Currently so many people will only sing in the car or in the shower where there’s no chance of anyone hearing them. There are others who have been told by someone that they can’t sing, and so they haven't ever sing out loud again, until now. And of course there are so many of us who are still learning to express our truth in everyday life.

Yes it is time to bust these myths about singing and self-expression and to reclaim our natural right to sing and express ourselves lovingly. And it’s up to all of us to do it for ourselves by listening and feeling with the loving ears of our hearts.


Posted: 25 Sep 2014 By: sue queenborough

Reclaiming my singing voice over the past few years has been great fun. As someone who wasn't allowed to be in any choir when in school, I now know I can sing! This has supported my self expression in speech also. Great blog thankyou Rachel.

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 By: Richard Mills

Learning to express myself has been an amazing journey in my life and singing has certainly supported me in dealing with low self-confidence and depression. More so though singing from the heart has added a whole new dimension to this experience and to my expression - much more than I imagined possible once upon a time. Thanks Rachael.

Posted: 20 Jun 2015 By: Jenny James

So true Rachel. So great to bring voice back to the community. We can all enjoy the wonderful gift of our voice. I have found it to be a beautiful and also exposing journey. I realised that I had a 'false' voice and a 'true' voice and this was reflected in how much I was connected to my self, my true inner heart.

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