I can’t really sing but the lessons were about so much more than music

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I had never wanted to sing. So, when my friend, many years ago, put the proposition of lessons to me, I immediately said no thanks. I don’t even sing in the shower, I told him. “No worries,” he replied, “you’ll be great.” He signed me up.

She explained where the voice comes from. She showed us how to project it with proper breathing. And she touched her forehead and ours to give us the target for pitch.The forehead was our goal but, like shooting at a barn door for the first time, the target – although huge – turned out to be elusive.

I marvelled at being a part of this group. A group that voluntarily was putting their collective spirits into relaxing their bodies, aiming their voices, and with some trepidation, stepping into the centre and being heard in the most intimate way I could imagine. The man who was losing his wife, not to another but to a relationship ennui that he did not understand, got into the middle that night. I remember his eyes were closed and, even though we were told to relax and let our lungs fill, his face turned red. And he gulped for air. But he gave it his best shot. It was courage that I have rarely seen. My friend slapped him on the back afterward and said, “Fantastic!” It wasn’t. But it was. You had to be there.

is a great shower song. The range is narrow. It can be sung high or low and everyone has heard it some time in their lives, in a church, at a concert, a protest or at a funeral. The instructor put her hand on my shoulder and I shook my head. I was invoking the never-in-your-life clause right to the end. And then I felt my friend’s hand against my back urging me in.I have no idea what I sounded like, but I remember the smile on my friend’s face.

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