Why Do You Want to Sing?
Some perspectives leading to deeper reasons for performing!
Ask your self this question. It seems simple enough but is really much more complex than it seems. Why do you want to sing? Answering this question for yourself honestly will help you understand a great deal about yourself, your desire to practice, your desire to forge ahead in developing your career and in overcoming stage-fright and other obstacles.
Many students answer,” Because if makes me feel good.” Or, “Everyone applauds me and it gives me confidence.” Or, “I just like it.” Or, “It’s what I do best.”
Most answers involve the Ego, “I.”
Do you have something to say, something that you HAVE to express? Do you have something that just HAS to come forth from your soul, you deepest being?
Think about this:
“I was given my voice and my talent as a special gift. Gifts really don’t belong just to me. They are meant to be shared. The more I am given, the more responsibility I have to share with others.”
Music does so many things. Music makes people happy. Music moves us emotionally. Many cultures such as the Ancient Greeks, believe that music has the power to heal. Music is the universal language, uniting all peoples. During WWII, many concentration camp inmates, including a friend of mine, David Arben who was the Associate Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, were spared death because they were asked to play their instruments for the Nazi Gestapo.
So ask yourself, “Why do I want to sing?” See if you can get to a place of purely wanting to share the gift that the Universe gave you, sharing it to make the world a better place. If you can do that, you will never have stage fright because you will never be afraid of being judged!