Let’s Sing a Song that Everyone Knows

sing around piano

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad.
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.

~The Carpenters

As a young child, I loved parties held at my aunt and uncle’s house. After dinner my aunt would find her way to the piano and get everyone’s attention with a rapid arpeggio. The group automatically filled their glasses and joined in chorus with an old familiar ballad that followed. In between tunes, the revelers raised their schnapps glasses and took a swig to lubricate their throats for the next song. This would go on for hours.

There was a time when I wanted to be like my aunt – the one playing the piano at a social gathering. My ego wanted to feel important; my soul wanted to be the facilitator, bringing people together and energizing the party. I liked the way a group would get happier the more they sang and I wanted to inspire that happiness.

I was in my early teens when we  finally bought an old upright Mendelssohn. My father lovingly refinished all the woodwork and we had it tuned in B-flat so the strings wouldn’t break.

However, once the lessons started, my excitement abated rapidly. I struggled with the hours of practicing required. I was so bored that I often just read my books while letting my fingers fly over the keys mindlessly. Eventually I managed to get enough knowledge under my belt so that I was able to achieve my dream and liven up a couple of  get-togethers.

The piano and I parted ways long ago. I can’t say that I miss it, but I am grateful for the lessons it taught me. I learned to appreciate the talents of the gifted musicians and the soulful emotions they can stir up in all of us. Music inspires us, it comforts us – it gives us hope.

I grew to understand how music brings us together as a community. It allows us to link our stories, bridge cultural gaps and transcend genders and generations. It connects us.

While the mainstream instruments and songs may have changed over time, our craving for camaraderie that includes singing and some drinks remains the same. It’s participatory, convivial and liberating. It leaves no doubt in my mind as to why karaoke pubs and party kits are so popular today.

Let’s try it out for ourselves. No matter what age you are, feel free to sing along, sing out loud and sing out strong with this oldie but goodie.  See how you feel afterward.

Cheers everyone.

 

This post is also for the #1000Speak event. May’s theme for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion is Connection.  If you’d like to read other similar themed posts, click here.

 

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8 Responses to Let’s Sing a Song that Everyone Knows

  1. Mary Rowen says:

    I loved both “Sing a Song” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as a kid and still do. In fact, “Country Roads” was one of the first real songs I learned to play on guitar. It feels great to hear it again!

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    • Kate says:

      LOL, I was humming ‘Sing a Song’ for days after I wrote the post. I always equate ‘Country Roads’ as the road trip and campfire song. Hopefully my post got you strumming it on your guitar again. Thanks for connecting. 🙂

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  2. Blogitudes says:

    Sing! Ok, now you have that wonderful Carpenters song stuck in my head. But I’m glad. Growing up, I loved them. Had all their albums. I love your post and completely agree – singing makes me happy. When I listen to music, if I’m already feeling happy – it lifts my spirits even more. If I’m sad or down about something when I listen, it soothes my soul. And it truly does help connect people. Both my husband and I love music and it really strengthens our connection with each other. Great post! 🙂

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    • Kate says:

      You are so right – happy music is a real mood booster! I’m glad it’s played such a connection role in your life. Thank you for sharing your comments, I appreciated it.

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  3. lesliesholly says:

    I love this so much! “Sing Sing a Song” is a song that I loved as a child, and my mother and sister and I used to sing it together! My sister and I still love to sing together, and my son and I do as well. I am one of those annoying people who is always bursting into song. 🙂

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    • Kate says:

      I’m so glad you shared your story with me. “Sing Sing a Song” is one of my favorites as well. My hubby can tell when I’m really happy – I’ll be the one humming or singing away – off tune, most likely, but then who cares. 😉

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  4. Jackie says:

    The reason I clicked on your post is because it had the word “song” in the title. Music plays a huge role in my life and I hadn’t thought of it in terms of this connection topic. You’re SO right!! Music has brought me so much connection in my life. It’s the reason I was attracted to my boyfriend-now-husband. We connected over music. This post made me happy! Thank you!

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