Sing a Song

Harmony.

It’s defined as the pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts. I’d say that’s a pretty good descriptor of what’s been happening around our home on Wednesday nights. Sweet harmony.

And it’s a direct result of music—specifically, singing lessons for the girls. It doesn’t fail that after lessons, peace reigns. Sisters don’t squabble. The whole evening is perfectly pleasant, with extra pleases and thank-yous. And homework time is downright merry!

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Such happiness following their lessons.

I’m so intrigued and really grateful for this response.

Curious as to why, I dug a little. Singing helps your immune system by boosting immunoglobulin A (an antibody that fights upper-respiratory disease). Using your lungs is considered an aerobic activity since it increases oxygen in the blood, and breathing deeply from the diaphragm not only reduces stress in the body, it also exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. Singing releases endorphins in the body, which make you feel good, and your posture and circulation are also greatly improved. You’re also more mentally alert. It’s really no wonder that the girls are so blissed out after their lessons.

Ella Fitzgerald said the only thing better than singing is more singing. Maybe that’s why participation in chorale groups and community choirs has risen consistently over the last 10 years. According to Chorus America, 32.5 million adults sing in groups.

So whatever your reason for stretching those vocal chords, you’ll never go wrong. And if you’re looking for a little harmony, just sing, sing a song, make it happy, to last your whole life long …

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is fascinating, Megan. I never knew the physiology behind singing, so thanks for sharing what you found out! Maybe your girls will go forward and join school choral groups too!

  2. I love to sing, alas, I was behind the door when they gave out good voices. A lovely singing voice is a gift from the gods. But that hasn’t stopped me from belting it out, usually in the privacy of my own home or best yet in my car which has a superior sound system. Sometimes I forget that I am loud. The guy at the natural food store still calls me Janice Joplin after he heard me belting out her ” piece of my heart” in the parking lot. It makes me feel GREAT and that is what matters !

  3. Karlyne says:

    I love to sing – and I’m loud, too. I think I can carry a tune, but that might just be wishful thinking! And I just realized that I’m not really passing down that love to my grandkids (other than the fact that they hear me a lot) whom I see most every day. I think I need to seriously give some thought to how to incorporate more singing in their lives.

    Great article, Megan!

  4. Bonnie ellis says:

    Oh Megan, what a wonderful thing you are doing with your girls. A benefit to them their whole lives. Interesting info too.

  5. Krista says:

    I agree with Lisa and Karlyne. I love to sing but in no way was I gifted with a beautiful singing voice. That has never slowed me down though. I still sing and find much joy from it. Especially in the car! It’s almost like it’s a requirement to sing along to the radio in the car! Thanks Meg for sharing this information. I was unaware of how much singing had an impact on our physical being. It makes sense now and makes me want to sing even more. What a simple way to increase our well-being.

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