“In the beginning there was a vibration, a sound.
And that sound was you.”
Singing is a powerful drug for me.
When I sing each day I get to travel to a world that is beyond words. A world of vibration, colour, light and flow. Singing for me feels like floating or flying. This is when I am at my happiest, when I am at my best!
Scientists are too becoming curious about singing and its powerful effects on the body and mind. Only in their early stages of research, they have already discovered some incredible findings to back up what many ‘singers’ have been experiencing for generations. They have found that singing is very much like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirit. In a recent study they found that endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone, are released into the body when we sing.
Another hormone released when we sing is oxytocin, the same hormone released during orgasm or orgasmic state, which generates feelings of intimacy and connection.
For those that are familiar with my work as a Vocal Coach know that this is at the base of the work we do through the Mac Method technique and exercises. It’s also very powerful for releasing tension throughout the body and throat. And it just feels down right AMAZING.
More studies have found that singing also reduces feelings of depression and loneliness.
So what all of this is telling us is –
Singing is actually changing our brains!!!!
When we sing in groups – the effects become even more powerful. Working on a piece of music creates a communion and bonding between yourself and others. Remember back to a time when you collaborated on a project to the point that you started working as one with your cast mates or fellow choir members. There is something very intimate and vulnerable about singing through a piece of music together. When our voices come together in unison and harmony, very strong connections are formed.
One study has also found that when we sing together our hearts beat together!
This singing thing is pretty awesome stuff.
Research shows us that singing also has a calming effect on us, similar to the effects of meditation.
That is exactly what singing is for me – it’s a moving meditation.
As children we all sang. Our ancestors sang around the campfire, in church and in school.
Singing united us.
But now, not many of us sing. Either we have been told we are not good enough or we have been told to be quite.
Connecting to our instrument and singing to the roof tops is something we were born doing. We need to reconnect to our voices, our stories need to told and they need to be shared.
If you do anything for yourself this year – join a choir, a vocal circle, or take up private vocal lessons. It will transform your relationship with yourself, your relationship with those around you and ultimately our collective vibration on a much larger scale.