There are many benefits to singing. I remember reading about a centenarian, who lived to be 115, and he basically said: "A good pipe and regular singing have kept me alive and happy for many years." So, lately, I've been trying to sing, and sometimes, it can take me out of a foul-mood..
Anyway, my first singing teacher told me to, when I reached for a difficult, high-note, to put all the tension in my groin.. This is not the proper way! I learned many such bad habits in high-school, because we were always forced to be very smiley and enthusiastic when we sang, which led to the bad habit of always raising my eyebrows while singing, and it took me a long time to learn to sing with my brow totally relaxed. Makes you look "intense."
When I was 12, I got cast as Simba in the lion king. It was kind of cool... All these cute girls were suddenly talking to me, though I did run into the occasional jerk who would call me "gay." It happens.
I used to always hold my neck way tilted to the side, so I could hit high-notes, and the lads in my choir would always mock me, all holding their heads to the right when they sang and wished to tease me. It was all good-hearted though...and I eventually learned proper technique.
I've always thought the most charming trait a female could possess was a good-voice. My first girlfriend wasn't a very good singer, and when I started a "showmance" with a buxom alto in this opera we were both in, I neglected the poor, original, girl. Big mistake, for the alto, despite having a pretty voice, was kind of a bitch, and I ended up losing my beloved first girlfriend!
Anyhow, you can get such a rush after a big performance. I sang for the opening of a big, fancy, new, music-hall in my town, singing "humming chorus" from Madama Butterfly with a choir, for a huge crowd, and the euphoria I felt chilling outside after the show was far better than any stupid drug. So, maybe try singing, if you're struggling with some sort of addiction.
Now, I just sing by myself, just going for the good "worked out" feeling it gives my vocal cords.
Also, I always enjoyed listening to my father sing, he's a vietnam vet, and kind of angry, so it's always kind of pleasant to hear him sing 60's songs. Singing is like putting your whole soul out-there, it's probably the hardest thing you can do. I've had such vivid dreams about singers I've known over the years... It's tied to something very primal within your soul...
I had some fun the other day, telling my shy mother to sing "Scarborough Fair," and harmonizing a bassline with her melody. She got too flustered to carry on, but she's been so much more friendly with me since that little bit of singing...
Once, I had to sing some songs for a wedding, playing guitar, with my friend, who was playing bass. I was quite annoyed when the dude wouldn't even sing some harmonies... He didn't even laugh or play shy... He just said "No." "No." Leaving all the heavy lifting to poor old me
So, I realize some dudes just aren't into the whole singing thing... But please, good sir, sing a bit when your alone, I reckon it will cheer you up!!
So... Anyone have funny stories from choir/showchoir??? Anyone struggling? Shy?? No? Yes? Maybe?
Thx for reading, cheers.