On the Joys of Singing

On the Joys of SingingI like to sing. It can be in the car to an oldies hit that takes me back to my teens, in worship with new songs and old hymns, or at a ball game, as we stand for The Star Spangled Banner.

Singing is about reciting poetry and making melody. Singing is about using our voice in a different ways than we use them daily. Singing with others is about coordinating efforts and creating more. I know that science shows that group singing is good for us. (However, I am unsure if that research has been done yet.) Unlike children who have music at schools, camps and lessons, as adults we are offered few places to sing together.

One reason I like our congregation is that it is a singing congregation. Even people like me, who are not in the choir, and who do not feel particularly voice-gifted sing with gusto. Fortunately, on Easter I was surround by visitors. Unfortunately, the visitors around me didn’t open a hymnal and try to follow along—much less sing. And so, what would have been an interesting if not uplifting experience for them, had to be drudgery. They stood and listen as other around them sung and, I guess, waited for it to be over.

Life is about participation. To get the full measure of it, when you have a chance to sing, sing with gusto.

Author
Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.