Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Singing as "voice of the soul"

You must have heard this many times..."Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, Dance like no one's watching, And Sing like no one's listening". Note that last piece of this quote. Singing is that piece of voice that is shaped in beautiful melodies. Each syllable vibrates a different piece of tissue in our body. Each has a different kind of effect on us. That's why our vedic books stress on the chanting. The actual chanting involves producing clear sounds of syllables that vibrates upwards from abdomen towards the head. If you've been a student of physics, you would know the concept of resonance. A small amount of sound resonates through the vocal cord to the engulf the tissues upwards. The reason of explaning this is to provide you a credible scientific argument for singing. Now, imagine those lines in the quotation above. People sing for various reasons. Some just sing or silently chant the songs. That is not voluntary effort. What I will emphasize is singing with your soul behind it. When you open your mouth for singing, try going all out not on volume, but on rhythms of that song. Sing as if it's coming from your heart. Put efforts on the right syllables or notes.....going up and down on pitch. And slowly slowly, as you practice you start reallly singing. This is called Riyaaz. That is the practice towards perfection.

Now as you start singing, many of the meanings of that song will suddenly become alive again. The meanings that were lost in the extreme familiarity of the song come back again. The oft-repeated words get new dimensions. That's when you know that the words have touched your soul. They are no more just the lyrics on a paper or of a nagma. Be it a ever-green song, an oldie or a chalisa, it seems to just come from the soul. That's what makes singing so cherished. It's not just the words, but the total combination of resonance, words and full-throttle effort put in from your heart and soul.

So, if you've never tried it, try it often. And, you will soon find a beautiful outlet of the melodies of your heart and also, get a whole new hobby to work at. Guru Rabindranath Tagore ji once said, "God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing".

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