Magic Choral Trick #82 There’s Something About Singing

A couple of weeks ago I arrived at a chorus rehearsal in rough shape. Our family had had some very worrying news – which was still clearly affecting me as I stood up to direct.

Because I didn’t want everyone’s attention on my puffy red eyes – wondering what was going on, and therefore not really concentrating on the music – I told the chorus why I looked such a mess.

The miraculous thing about this was that once we’d all addressed this elephant in the room we were able to get back to the serious, wonderful business of singing well.

It can’t have been more than ten minutes after I’d explained my emotional state that that emotional state melted away and the all consuming business of creating sound, and making the songs’ stories come alive, transformed me. I stopped worrying and crying for the first time that day.

Even when rehearsal was over, and I was driving home, I realised that I still felt good. So much healing from just a couple of hours of singing.


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on February 10, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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