We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. Willy Wonka
Dear (Contact First Name),
(Please insert melody and sing! ...)
Happy Holidays! Happy Hol-i-daze.
All the merry bells are ringing,
Happy Holidays ... to You!
Yes, Happy Holidays!
Whether your tradition is Native American, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Atheist, Agnostic, Pagan . . . if you live in North America or many other places in the world -- it's "Christmas" time.
But talk about mixed messages. It's the season of Santa Claus generosity, Light in the Darkness, Good Will and Peace on Earth. But at every turn, ads try to sell you "relief" from the season and people use words like frenzy, booked, "too busy" and yes, "stressed" to describe their experience.
A universal part of the Christmas season is Music! I highly recommend this as an elixir. The holidays are full of music! Live performances by sundry choirs, chamber orchestras, symphonies, soloists. There are choirs on PBS and special music shows --- I went to a Renaissance Choir the other night - Canto Deo, in a beautifully acoustic cathedral and was deliciously transported to the 15th century of pure voices; a capella melodies. And for parents and families, there is nothing like your little one's Christmas recital; watching free-spirited 4-year olds rocking and rolling, singing delightful songs at the top of their lungs! But, something happens, and free-singing 4-year-olds turn into silenced adults.
This November, my birthday month, I was struck by how many people during their birthday wishes remarked that they'd sing but..."I can't sing" or "you would be sorry if I sang!" I replied, "Hey, go ahead, I'd love it!" Not one of them sang, but just kept with their commitment that excusing themselves was the best way to go.
I realize more every day how music is such a vital part of raising my positive energy. It literally IS vibration... audible, melodic vibration. I've been doing experiments with singing while driving to and from work. "Oh What a Beautiful Morning!" for example. [If you don't know the words... "Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day. I've got a beaufiul feeling, everything's going my way!" Try singing this song with some vigor and please tell me if it's possible to be in a down mood?! More importantly, notice how it can LIFT your mood - your literal vibratory field!
I've been experimenting with singing this song when I feel tired, or burdened in some way - and it really changes my mood to an energized, positive one.
Give it (and your favorite "up" song) a try - no one's going to hear you if you're driving alone. And other drivers? - well, they are concerned with their driving, their own thoughts, their own music. On the way home, change it to:
Oh what a beautiful evening,
Oh what a beautiful night!
I've got a beautiful feeling,
Everything's coming out Right!
C'mon, give it a try. No one is listening! You won't? So who's judging? You? Yes, you.
This is a big deal. The silencing of so many people who want to sing and would really enjoy it... but someone, somehow, some time ago told them "don't sing" or "you can just lip sing!" or "please do not sing!" They got the message loud and clear that they weren't good enough and to just stop. I guess it happened to my sister Brenda as all 4 of us girls would sing 4-part harmonies riding to Aunt Rhoda's house. She told us as an adult that someone asked her not to sing! And I can't count the hundreds of times that I've heard this from clients. - clients who want the joy and healing of singing in their lives.