The Heart That Sings

For us humans, singing is primal. Before there was anything else there was the Voice, the original instrument.

There are many studies on the health benefits of singing in a choir. It takes you to another place. It de-stresses you. For two hours a week, you forget the worries you carry. You feel better when you leave than when you came. And that’s only at the physiological level.

Why it’s beneficial goes much deeper than that. It connects us and opens us to the vast world beyond the day-to-day grind. It lifts us out of the pettiness and the self-serving that surround us. It connects us heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul in a way that is transformative and allows us to be a part of something much greater than ourselves and greater than we can be on our own.

For me, I’m a conductor. But when I’m studying scores or practicing conducting on my own the magic does not happen. That is simply the preparation, the work necessary to be a part of it. The magic only happens when we are all in relationship making music together. It takes all of us singing as one body, and then we are transported. Then we experience the miracle. Then we manifest the vision.

Tonight at our concert, we sing the piece, The singing heart, by the incomparable Bob Chilcott, which expresses this very thing.


The singing heart is always open,

 It’s beating out alive and free.

The singing heart cannot be broken,

 Singing for all eternity.


A world that brings us all together,

 restores and sets the spirit free.

A world that sings gives us forever,

 a vision of peace and unity.


Sing on, sing on,

 share in our common tongue.

Sing on, sing on,

 voices and hearts as one.


Is it any wonder why our choir’s motto is Sing joy?


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