Why do you want to Sing?

Here’s why I love to sing…especially on stage in musical theater.   Actually, I don’t really know all the reasons.  There’s something I feel when I sing that’s both motivating and terrifying.  It’s intimate yet impersonal.  It’s fun but hard.

My Primary Motivation in Life is Intimacy

I read a book years ago that gave me some insight into why I love to sing and teach singing.

In the book, The Color Code, author Taylor Hartman, Ph.D. defines various personality types by identifying their primary life motivations they demonstrate.  He came up with four basic personality types and assigned colors to identify each type.

Reading his book, I realized that my primary motivation in life is Intimacy (Blue is the color for this personality type) with a secondary motivation of Fun (Yellow is the color for this personality type).

Here are the definitions from the Color Code website:

“BLUE (Motive: INTIMACY)—These are the do-gooders. Intimacy: connecting, creating quality relationships and having purpose, is what motivates and drives these people…

YELLOW (Motive: Fun)—These are the fun lovers. Fun: the joy of living life ‘in the moment’, is what motivates and drives these people…”

So I am a Blue-Yellow and my primary motivations are intimacy and fun!  That’s the perfect storm for singing, performing and teaching.

I can’t think of many things as intimate as my voice.    My voice is me.

Add Music and get Singing

Add to my voice, music, and I get singing.  Seth Riggs, the Father of the Mix and Speech Level Singing said in his book, Singing for the Stars, “…singing is nothing more than sustained speech…”.   Of course long ago the famous flim-flam  “Music Man”, Harold Hill, tells his unsuspecting future barbershop quartet,  ..”you see, singing is just sustained talking…” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbBITrZa6Ok) .

For me music is a big part of the equation.  I feel the deepest emotions when a melody reaches inside my soul and grabs me.

For example, I’ll stop dead in my tracks to listen to the music from The Last of the Mohicans and I’ll crank up the stereo when Rage Against the Machine plays as Neo steps out of the phone booth and puts on his sunglasses at the end of The Matrix.

Singing is like combining the intimate experience of talking with a friend and adding a moving melody.  And when I sing for someone it becomes one of the most powerful, penetrating and personal experiences possible…at least for me.  Somehow, that is very fulfilling.

The Intimacy of Singing

I think I’m rewarded by the intimacy of singing.  The exposure of the inner most self is part of it.  (It’s a “Blue” trait).  The connection I feel with the audience or a cast member when I sing is real and palpable.  There is a bond that develops when I share a song with someone.

I think there are other reasons I sing, but these are definitely biggies.

Most of all it’s just pure fun and joy.

Why do You Want to Sing?

Why do you want to sing?  I’m interested in hearing your reasons.  You might find it a bit hard to put into words.  You may have to resort to singing!

 

About Chuck R. Gilmore

My personal singing journey from failure to success gives me a unique perspective and special insight into the problems you face as an aspiring singer. Everything from not being able to sing high notes to lack of confidence singing in front of others. Because I've solved them in my own voice, I know how to help you.

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