Magic Choral Trick #53 Inner Smile
Why is everything so much funnier in church? Sometimes even the smallest things can make it difficult to keep your composure – especially if there’s something just a little outrageous about it.
I remember one time being at a mass where two priests that I knew well suddenly were having to really fight a case of the giggles – and I can still remember how it feels to be reacting to something like that when it’s not ok to just laugh out loud.
First of all – when you turn to the person beside you – your eyes open wider, and the whole area at the back of the throat and behind the nose seems to rise and expand. This initial reaction gives you the Inner Smile. If you sing while your face and throat (and maybe sinuses) are in the Inner Smile position the sound is more resonant.
And if a whole chorus is doing this, the difference in the sound is spectacular.
So it’s just the initial slightly shocked, slightly amused feeling that you want – not the subsequent pressure of trying to hold in your own case of the giggles.