Yesterday I shared a post I saw on facebook – a video of the Angel City Chorale’s appearance on “America’s Got Talent”. This marked the first time a choir made it past the audition stage of the popular talent show.
And it has unleashed a tide – a good tide – it seems a surprising number of Merida-area residents think they’d enjoy singing in a choir.
Watch the performance that started all this – The Angel City Choral – and their rendition of Toto’s, “Africa”:
A professional musician / composer / conductor, named Sue Fink founded of the choir. She says that giving back to the community that supports her was the original motivation; I am sure she never dreamed the group would grow to include more than 160 members. The choir singers completely cross the diversity spectrum, with sopranos, altos, mezzo-sopranos, altos and tenors of every ethnicity, age and gender.
And guess what – singing is not only fun – medical studies back up the claim that singing is good for us. When you sing, endorphins are released, which of course brings about positive psychological effects. If you suffer from depression or feel overwhelmed, singing will help you find your equilibrium again.
- Singing boosts your immune system.
- It releases stress.
- Your heart (the physical and emotional ones) will function better if you sing
- You’ll find you have more energy.
- Singing improves your memory.
- And it fosters clear thinking through correct breathing.
It does not matter whether you are a singer people enjoy listening to or one that sounds like the cat in the back yard; it is the act of vocalizing that brings health benefits. If you are not the “choir type” – that’s cool – singing anywhere, anytime is good for you.
So, if you’d like to join some-kind-of-singing-group, get in touch by leaving a comment at the foot of this post, or send me a facebook message. I’ll keep track of names and contacts and time will tell where we might we go from here.