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“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 5, 2013

Telling the truth Tuesday - Harmonies

Last week I went to see the group, Wilson Phillips. They've been around for about 20 years, but I'd never really heard much about them. Two of them are the daughters of Brian Wilson, of Beach Boys fame. The other is the daughter of Michelle and John Phillis, from the Mamas and Papas. They are very talented. But most especially, they sing beautiful harmony. Carnie Wilson talked a bit about harmony being magical. And it is. When it's done well, it stirs the soul.

I never tried to sing harmony before. I've been singing alone with songs all my life, but always the melody. My ear just isn't trained to hear harmony, especially if the harmonies are close together. So in my singing group, Sugartime, I always sing melody. But I've wanted to learn to do harmony. Oy!

I have struggled with it for several years. I can hold my melody if others sing harmony parts, but if I try to sing harmony, I am often pulled into the melody.

There is one harmony part I am determined to sing at an upcoming birthday party. I had my friend record herself singing the harmony part and spent weeks and weeks singing along with her until I felt sure I knew it. But when I tried to sing with her when she sang the melody, nope, couldn't do it.

Then I had her record herself singing the melody and practiced my harmony part singing with her - over and over and over again. Finally, now, after several months, I can do it.

Here's why I am telling you this. Harmony is a beautiful metaphor for relationships. With harmony, two or more people are each doing their own thing, singing their own notes. But in order for it to work, they must blend together, learn to trust the other person, learn to hold notes the same length of time, etc. Now isn't that brilliant? Isn't that so so true for relationships as well. We are each individuals, with our own thoughts, feelings, perceptions. Yet when we are in partnership with someone else, we must learn to blend with their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. When singing harmony, if one voice is too loud, it overpowers the other. If one isn't loud enough, it gets lost. See what I mean?



Tracy Moore said...

I do see what you mean. Nice post Karen. There is something that I'm trying to say here, but I can't quite put the thought into adequate words.

Pk Hrezo said...

Mm so true. It takes time to learn, but once it works, it's beautiful.

Our church only sings acapella and the harmony is always so beautiful I get chills. :)

Damyanti said...

Harmony is such a brilliant metaphor for relationships
-- lovely post.

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