Welcome to Art and Healing Wednesday!!
So you may be thinking that I’m going to talk about the NBC show “The Voice”, now wouldn’t that have been convenient. Although I do enjoy the show, there’s another angle of our voices that’s even more impressive and scores big with me. I like to sing and these days the only time I usually sing is in the shower or the car (sometimes I don’t end the call in my car and the person I was talking to gets a rendition of something I’ve been listening too…lucky for them, huh?) I’ve always loved to sing. I sang in choirs through high school and college and a community choir upon graduating from college. I never wanted to be a singer, but I love the joy of singing something from the soul.
Eric Whitacre must feel the same way because he took the choir experience to new heights. Although wanting to be a “pop” star, he became an American composer. In his travels in the music world he put together a virtual choir of 2,052 voices. It’s hard enough to get 40 or 50 people to sing together, on key, following a conductor, so doing it virtually is an amazing accomplishment. It comes with the advances in technology and a great editor.
What Whitacre accomplishes is not only beautiful but inspiring. What’s even more encouraging are the 2000+ singers who joined in the project. Being a part of something so big from the comfort of your own home is amazing. The final cut of the piece is moving and jaw dropping. It takes creativity and perseverance to not only create such a work but to be able to share it with the world ignites a spark of possibility.
They say that there is strength in numbers. Being a part of something bigger than yourself reduces isolation, something that many who face a chronic or life-threatening illness face following their diagnosis. This is one of the reasons that support groups are so helpful; they bring voices and stories together that inspire the journey to health and healing. You may not be a singing virtuoso, but your voice has power. Your voice has the power to express yourself fully, powerfully, and convey a message to your body, mind, and spirit that you’re committed to getting better or well.
Please watch the link and experience the magic that Eric Whitacre has to offer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NENlXsW4pM&NR=1 then think about how you can use your voice for health and healing. Who knows where our voices will meet!