A Message from the Music Minister

A Message From the Music Minister

Hi Everyone! “When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony.”

This is the opening paragraph of an exciting online article that was shared with me recently. The title is “Singing Changes Your Brain”, and it goes into further detail about the evolution of singing, and the various positive chemicals that are released during singing (especially during singing with a group).

Researchers have found that singing even lessons feelings of loneliness and depression. I can attest to that! Some of my happiest times have been working in various theaters where I’ve been rehearsing/singing almost all day long, six days a week. I always feel uplifted after singing at church each Sunday as well!

I hope more people from the congregation will try singing with the choir! It isn’t a large time commitment, it’s very flexible with attendance, and is such a rewarding experience! Like the article says, “Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.” Amen to that!

If you’d like to read the full article it can be found at: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/