Your Singing Doesn't Make Any Difference
In today's chaotic world, your singing doesn't matter one bit. You might as well just hang it up and quit trying. Here are three examples of how singing didn't make any difference in the world. at. all.
At the Women's March in January 2017, L.A. artist Milck sang her song "I Can't Keep Quiet" with a group of strangers who learned her song online before meeting at the march in Washington D.C. The video of the women passionately singing together in their pink pussy hats went viral and "Quiet" became the unofficial anthem of the Women's March .
"I was getting messages from all over the world with people saying they're holding on to this song to get through the day. They listen to it when they get up so they can get out of bed and at night so they can get to sleep. It's becoming this therapy song."
Her "one woman riot" didn't make any difference at all. Nope! That's why she made the sheet music available for free to anyone who wants to sing it.
John Lennon Lennon wrote "Imagine" in one burst of inspiration on a morning in 1971. It is one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century. Over 200 artists have made cover recordings. But I'm sure these well-known lyrics have never inspired anyone to make the world a better place:
You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one
Singers, track your performances, outreach events, and MUCH more in my book:
Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner" has never provoked anyone to action. The fact that athletes raise a fist or take a knee during its performance doesn't cause any controversy. The song doesn't cause anyone to ponder the symbolism of the stars and stripes, who it represents and who it leaves out. The fact that it's sung before every sporting event (America's primary religion) shows that it's just a meaningless little ditty.
In this STEM-dominated, politically divisive, cyber-heavy world, the songs you write and sing are meaningless drivel.
No need to raise your voice to sing or chant in marches, protests, or rallies. No one will hear you and it won't make any difference.
No need to write new songs to convey the issues of the day. We don't need any more songs. Enough already!
No need to join together in song with choirs, congregations, or family members. Singing together isn't a manifestation of our inextricably bound community, working in harmony as one entity, made up of many individual parts. No siree!
No need to sing to yourself while you wash dishes, drive to work, or try to fall sleep after a wounding day. Singing as a form of meditation is just silly and a waste of time.
No need to sing with the children in your life. They don't need to know the joy and healing that singing can provide. They should be studying algebra or robotics instead of wasting their time with music.
No one wants to hear your flawed voice anyway. Your voice isn't like the ones on the radio or in front of the crowd. Your voice isn't even in tune half the time. So just keep quiet, why don't you? Zip it. We only want perfect voices raised.
Got it? Singing is superfluous, a waste of your energy, and a distraction from what's really important.
I would love to hear about times in your life when singing definitely did not make a difference in your world.
Beth Syverson has been a pianist and singer since age three and she's taught piano and voice since age 12. She believes music is an inherent gift that brings joy and healing to everyone. She recently created Singer's Notebook, Pianist's Notebook, and Choral Director's Notebook to help musicians meet their goals. FInd out more about how she can help nurture your inherent musical voice at www.BethSyverson.com.