I love singing out loud, especially to certain tunes.
When I’m in my car, I don’t repress that urge, at all.
I used to repress the urge to sing out loud elsewhere — assuming that people around me might get annoyed. Lately, I don’t care.
What’s different, now?
Whenever I feel self-conscious these days, I remind myself that:
- Most people won’t notice, at all.
- Other people are constantly moving their mouths when they’re alone in public, so now it’s “the norm.”
- If somebody hears me singing out loud, it won’t kill them (and maybe, just maybe, they’ll enjoy it).
I think I’ve blogged about this before — if not about singing in public, then definitely about doing a public dance step or two.
Why am I writing about this, today? Because, music is very effective personal medicine for me. When I listen to music, it makes a huge, positive difference. And whenever I participate, join in, or otherwise perform music … even better.
Last year, in some blog post (which I won’t try to locate now), I made a pledge: to get more involved with music performance. And earlier this week, I had the chance to participate in a local choral group, but … I decided to pass, for now. I just don’t have enough time AND it would have taken me away from dinner with my bf Michael and my son Aaron.
So the time is not quite right for that, but I believe that will happen, soon. And, here’s a helpful reminder:
I have all the time I need.
In the meantime, I would like to make another pledge: to commit to singing out loud — more often and with even less self-consciousness, from this day forth.
What will help me do that?
- Watching this video, which I LOVE, of two guys who have mixed emotions about the song “Somebody That I Used to Know”, by Gotye:
(Many thanks to The Breakfast Toms.)
- Reconnecting with an old friend.
Yes, Oscar is an old friend (and an inveterate photo-bomber), but I’m referring to the inhabitant of the background: Ye Olde Karaoke Machine.
I haven’t used that Karaoke machine, in years, and I believe it’s time to crank that sucker up again.
Therefore, I would like to make a commitment — a pledge, if you will:
I pledge — with these fine readers as my witnesses — to, without undue self-consciousness and/or coolness, sing with the aid and abetting of the Karaoke machine pictured above*, tunes including but not restricted to:
- “Harden my Heart” – Quarterflash
- “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – The Tokens
- “Blue Bayou” – Linda Ronstadt
- “Mack the Knife” – Bobby Darin
- “Carry On My Wayward Son” – Kansas
- “Cry Me A River” – Julie London
- “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees
- “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
- “I Saw the Light” – Todd Rundgren
- “The Boy from New York City” – Manhattan Transfer
- “When Sunny Gets Blue”**
That should help.
Thank you for witnessing!
Hmmmmm. I wonder if I can get a new Karaoke disc, with THIS on it?
… because “Everything is Awesome” has been a relentless earworm since I saw “The Lego Movie” last weekend. And, as The Breakfast Toms might agree: If you can’t beat them, join them.
Feel free to join me, dear readers, in singing out loud.
Thanks to Oscar, to The Breakfast Toms again (because they’re not afraid of repeating themselves), to my old friend Rob (who helped me type up some lists of Karaoke tunes, several years ago), to Lego girl (for the “Everything is Awesome” Youtube video), to all the artists who contributed to the tunes I mentioned above, to people who are brave enough to sing out loud, and to you — of course! — for visiting today.
* If it still works.
** I am using the punctuation and information that I see on my lists of Karaoke tunes… which I found, easily, this morning! Yay!