Sing it out!


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.

  1. Singing boosts your immune system.
  2. It releases stress.
  3. Your heart (the physical and emotional ones) will function better if you sing
  4. You’ll find you have more energy.
  5. Singing improves your memory.
  6. 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.




Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

14 thoughts on “Sing it out!

  1. I’d be very interested! Also in any production of a musical (just brainstorming… I ran into Peter and Richard last week in Belfast, Maine at a production of The Music Man, thoroughly enjoyable!)


  2. In my younger days, I had the opportunity to sing in a couple of community choirs. People did not need to have formal training and auditions were not required. A love of singing and a time commitment were the only requirements. I would love be able to be a part of sometning like that again.


    1. We are on the same page. I think I’d enjoy an informal group of people who just like to sing (talent desirable but not necessary) I don’t recognise your tag so please send me a message via facebook so we can contact you if we get something going.


  3. Grateful to you, yet again, Joanna. What a generous spirit you embody. Got chills, then tears. Would have completely missed this. Count me in, wherever it goes. (Will let you know as soon as I am back in Merida.) You rock.


  4. As you know, Joanna, I enjoy singing so much that I am in 2 church choirs when in lovely Mérida. Last Christmas season it was three choirs as the Monjas group put on a Christmas concert. Had the honour of working with Jim S. and Keith T for that event. So if you want to start another singing group, I’m interested (and maybe Keith, who has a beautiful voice, would be interested too, but don’t know if he is on your mailing list)..


    1. Yes, I know you love to sing and you have a wonderful voice. Keith is not on my list but I know him and I think he would do a great job… of course I am more interested in singing popular music, not religious… I think there’s a place for every kind of singing group.


      1. When you mentioned starting a singing group, I was not thinking of church music. I love to sing many genres of music from opera to country western but not familiar with songs of the past few years unless they are very popular.


  5. Hi Joanna – Thanks for the awesome video of the chorus. In high school I was in the school choir. I always loved to sing but I’m not really terrific at it. I would love to meet sometime with you and see “what happens next.”


    1. That’s great Alex… I think we will hold off until the fall when more of the people who want to join us have arrived. Although… maybe those of us here now could get together and “talk” about future “planning”… I will be sure to keep you in-the-loop


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