(Moonset over the bay)
The sun sets on another day…
As the sun rises across the sky and sets at the end of the day you can close your eyes and hopefully hear the wonderful music of life around you. The birds signing, the wind blowing through the trees, the waves crashing against a beach, the sound of footsteps next to you, hopefully in those moments you can be at peace, if not, perhaps you should join in.
We should all sing to ourselves occasionally, even if we think our voices are terrible, the sounds we make express who we are and show the world our voice can be heard. There are those who can tame the wild beast with their melodious voices, and those that try really really hard, and smile at their efforts. No one should ever be set aside for signing.
I felt bad as I watched a movie today and thought of all the signing going on in it. When I was young my grandfather and I went to church every Sunday and Wednesday. As I stood next to him with a hymnal in hand I often listened as his voice cracked and creaked, far too low to hit the high notes, and far to low to hit the low notes as well. It made me feel funny as I did not think it sounded good but always wondered why he sang so loud and so proud, even though he was not a Perry Como. (If you don’t know who that is, google) After he was gone I was was signing to myself one day, knowing I did not sing well, but I was feeling the power of a song called the Impossible Dream (You may want to look that up too) and I suddenly understood. As I became lost in the words and the melody and the feeling I realized how I sounded was not as important as how I felt, and how the passion too over. It really didn’t matter if I was the best singer in the world, what mattered is I was singing and feeling and living the power of my voice.
I wish I had realized that so many years ago before he was gone, and told him how proud I was of him, and how amazing his passion was for the songs he loved so much. Today, I sign all the time, and if I am not the best singer out there, that’s OK, because I am passionate about it, and for those of you that are, bravo, and keep inspiring everyone that listens, because with you the keys to our passion can be turned and our inner fires ignited.
So as the sun sets on another day, just sing, and in the process, become a part of the song, no matter who is listening, no matter who is watching, no matter if you are good or bad, just sing and try to make the world a better place, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and sing, every moment that you can…