I hear lots of music in my daily life. Every Sunday I go to church and hear the beautiful hymns of both the organ and the piano. And of course the congregation sings many songs that are familiar to me. All my life I have enjoyed the inspirational hymns we still sing in church. I love the old hymns, and also many of the newer, contemporary selections. When the songs and music have meaning for me, I tend to sing them over and over again in my mind.
Although I don’t always listen to the radio in my car or in my home, I enjoy a variety of different kinds of music. My husband usually has the radio on in our house, and it seems he cannot live his days without some music in the house or in the car when he drives. The problem is that we do not always align when it comes to types of music. He is more of the heavy metal and rock type, and I enjoy country music, religious music, jazz, classical, ballads, and other songs that seem to tell stories or have words I can remember and sing along. If I have turned the music on and leave the house, HIS music is on when I return.
I was a teenager during the 1960s, and so I enjoy what they call the “Oldies” music. I suppose “oldies” is a relative term that could mean any of several generations these days. The 40s music could be the oldies, or the 30s, or the 50s music. If you are a “millennial,” even music of the 80s could be considered “oldies.” At any rate, I like the music of the “60’s oldies,” because I know many of the words, and as long as I don’t have a critical ear around me, I can sing them.
I love to sing, but my voice is not exactly one that would sell tickets in concert. For this reason, I really do try to sing alone or when other voices can camouflage the sound that comes from my throat. The problem with my voice is that it tends to jump octaves. My mind can sing a song beautifully, but when the actual voice kicks in, it ruins everything.
Nevertheless, I do love to sing in the shower. I have discovered only recently that when I am in the shower, my mind comes alive. I do some of my best thinking while I am in the shower, and if there is a song in my mind, I perform one of the best mind concerts you have ever heard.
In case you are wondering what in the world I am talking about, I am sharing with you that until recently, I was embarrassed for my own ears to hear me singing in the shower. However, I now believe that we all may have this kind of “hidden talent” that comes alive in our minds while we are doing something that doesn’t require other concentration. Creativity is born out of a relaxed state of mind. Thought processes can fly all over the place during this short interlude in which we are not required to do anything but take a shower.
Singing in the shower can start the day off right. It gives us a lift; as we burst into the uninhibited performance with no audience, whatever sounds come out will be music to the walls’ ears. If another member of your household happens to hear this concert, you may be surprised that this habit is contagious.
Enjoy your concert.
— My love to all,
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Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!
— Psalm 96:1