By Claire Hayden, Vocal coach @ Sally-Ann Fitzgerald and The West Cork School of Voice
Photo credit: Sharon O’Rourke
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
I remember when I was a child, heading into my room singing along to the radio and genuinely just feeling an awful lot better in myself after.
With everything surrounding COVID-19 more than ever now is the time to embrace any hobbies or interests you have and singing for many is right up there.
There is a reason why singing is so beneficial to us, especially in these times, for children and adults alike.
Here are some of the many benefits of singing:
Writing my first song when I was 11 brings with it a lot of memories. Granted I cringe when I recall it now, but at the time I was absolutely thrilled when I had finished my first very-own song.
I continued to write songs, and at times lost my confidence with it, but my love for music would always bring me back to it and it was my introduction to Sally-Ann Fitzgerald (singing teacher) many years later that instilled in me the confidence I have today.
Often when asked about songwriting the question is what comes first, the words or music?
I can only give my opinion and for me there is no magic formula, It is whatever works for you, and for me I like to find a quite spot in the house and I tend to nearly always have a melody in my head first, then add my chorus, next to the verses – but as I said above there is no right way that to write a “good” song.
There is just experience and continuing to write, keeping at it and going out of your comfort zone. You do not have to be professional to songwrite nor do you need permission, it is your song and like anything musically we all have very different tastes.
Everything above is relevant to adults too, to simply enjoy singing/music, to maybe take a moment to yourself if feeling stressed or anxious – and if singing is something that you absolutely are not interested in, then even sitting and listening to music can change a mood very quickly.
Lastly I just want to add in my time with Sally-Ann Fitzgerald and The West Cork School of Voice the main benefits that stand out for kids/teens/adults, is watching them grow as singers becoming more comfortable within themselves and confident. There are such happy hormones released when we sing – and even more magical when we sing together.
No better time to sing than now… so get practising and remember have Fun…