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New Year, New Decade, New Voice!

New Year, New Decade

New Voice!

Dear Katie

Happy New Singing Year!

As we enter another year and another decade,
Here's 3 Joyful Ways to Renew and Claim Your Voice in 2020

Find Your Unique Song
You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along
Make Your Own Kind of Music - Mama Cass Elliott

It takes courage to sing, there is no getting around that.
We have to be willing to expose, express and voice our creative truth and that is exposing and vulnerable making.  Yet to live with that truth unexpressed is far more painful and can cause disease, disconnection and disintegration.   Singing is a form of coming home and sometimes it may take a while to find our way through the layers of conditioning.   We can make it safe, easy and graceful and find supportive friends who will help us along the way.  We can also enjoy the unfettered joy of singing solo in the car/ bath/ shower - gifting ourselves moments to sing by and to ourselves creates a resource within us which then becomes translatable into shared or public settings.  The technical term for hanging out with ourselves musically is practice and the more we do it the stronger we get.  We learn to ride the tides of our breath, body, feeling, thoughts and claim our own uniqueness through the waves of the song that sings through us.

Inspiration is Everywhere
Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
- April Rain Song, Langston Hughes

Everything around us has a song.
The drumming rain on a roof, the whirr of the fridge, the undertone of a train, the waft of bird song, the thump of a drive-by car stereo.  Everything in our world vibrates with sound and everything within us does too - our heartbeat, our cells are all humming with life.  This means we are never alone or lost when it comes to music - all we need do is tap into our inner and outer soundscape and the soundtrack emerges.  There are so many tools to help us sing - from innumerable online articles, blogs and youtube tutorials (shout out to Wendy's Warm Ups) to real life helpful people such as singing teachers and choirs.  The sources of inspiration are inexhaustible, and when we allow ourself to breath in and receive musical inspiration, it naturally follows that something lovely will be exhaled and expressed.

Singing is Huge!
Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.
- On Time - Khalil Gibran

Singing is a huge Tardis - it can take you anywhere.
At choir, we sing songs from all decades, eras, genres, moods which transport us into realms of memory, insight, feeling, thought and connection personally and collectively. The epic creative vehicle of song is so much greater than our small selves - it can carry, absorb and integrate our fears, doubts, worries, tensions and stresses.  As we sing, we grow into bigger, more expansive, more loving, generous people who can make a contribution to the world. The song that is waiting inside us will be unique to us and call us into action - whether that is singing our baby to sleep or showing up at a protest hearts on fire and voices blazing.

So my 3 questions to you for your voice this year are
What am I longing to sing, create or express in 2020?
What sources of inspiration can I allow myself to receive?
What dream/ vision/ longing is my song calling me to be/ do/ serve?

Wishing you a courageous heartfelt adventure of song
this new year and new decade!
Sparkly New Year Singing Wishes