Sing together

I think the power of words creates hope; that is why I write a daily blog. Words are beautiful and uplifting. And so is singing, singing together.

Today I attended a weekly Zoom choir, run by my brother. It is for people mainly in residential care. a few of us attend. I don’t know any of the other people in the choir, other than through our Zoom meeting. However I am getting to know people by seeing their faces.

Today one of the homes which come to the choir had a couple of people wearing a blue and a pink wig, playing air guitar and drumming with drum sticks. This made me smile. They sway, dance and sing their hearts out. Our choir lifts all of our spirits. We can’t even hear the singing, as we are all muted. But the sheer enjoyment of those taking part is tangible.

Zoom choirs are fabulous. We cannot meet and sing, but we can do this. And we can sing at home. Singing is a wonderful; medium to invigorate and encourage us. And singing along to the radio in the care is another thing I love to do.

Life has become simpler for many of us. Things are far less easy to do than they were. But singing is free and lovely. And it can make us and others smile.

Today’s recipe of hope is to consider taking part in a choir, or just enjoying singing on your own. If you are musical, consider doing a Zoom choir or recording something. Singing is a wonderful free gift to share.

Enjoy the joy of song X

Hope into song

Today I am starting and ending my blog with a song. Because singing is a wonderful thing and can truly lift our spirits through both participating and listening. As a well known song goes ‘thank you for the music, for giving it to me’.

Today on the news I watched a lovely playgroup leader doing amazing dances which children from the world were watching and joining in. I felt like doing the same myself! I have been really inspired by the beautiful Italian singing from various balconies also. Across the world, people are singing. The world is singing in the midst of suffering.

There is something so beautiful about this. The world seems to have risen up in song amidst pain and that touches the heart. In the midst of sadness there is singing and it models the human condition at its best.

I haven’t yet done much singing in my isolation home. However I intend to. I have started my reading today, swapping an biography for a long novel that I can get my teeth into (the Pulitzer prize kind of won it for me). And I have done more tidying and read a blog and spoken to two friends and prayed with them. And did my final outing for sometime, as i had to put a notice up at work. So the hunkering down will begin very soon. I have been practicing towards complete isolation by cancelling coffees and trips out to see friends.

A structured day is definitely to be recommended as it gives a sense of accomplishment. At a much slower pace of course. Speaking with friends is proving very edifying and uplifting.

So today’s recipe of hope is to put a song in our step during our isolated days. And to sing anyway because it is lovely (and funny if you can’t sing too well!).

So let us finish where we started:

Here is a start for a karaoke classic to join in with: