Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Telling the Truth Tuesday - Sugartime
This post would be way too long if I went into all the details of what went into my decision to leave the teacher, but suffice it to say, it wasn't an easy decision and the relationship didn't end well. But two other singers from that center and I got together one day and decided to form a group. After much deliberation, we named ourselves Sugartime, after a McGuire Sisters hit of the same name from the 1950s. It is a popular, well-known song and most of the seniors we sing for just love it.
Two of the original members of that trio remain. One left and we've replaced her with a phenomenal soprano singer who is just great at figuring out harmonies. I am so lucky. I am not a great singer, by any stretch of the imagination. It is just something that brings me joy. And with Sugartime, now that I am not being criticized every time I open my mouth, lo and behold, my pitch issues have disappeared. It was fear. Sometimes I sing the wrong note, but it's because I thought it was the right note. Once I'm shown the correct one, I have no problem hitting it. Also, with live performances, you are always going to have a glitch or two happen with your voice. We are not professionals who are practicing six or seven hours a day. We rehearse 2-3 times a week, two hours at a time.
Music has the power to heal. It moves people. It can bring, joy, laughter, sadness, depending on the notes and the lyrics. Sugartime tries to be upbeat. Folks in the places we visit don't get out much any more. They are locked into a boring routine. We cheer them up.
The blessing is, we cheer ourselves up at the same time.