Finding Our Singing Voices: How to Be an Open-Hearted Warrior. {Video}

Via on Jan 28, 2014

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Music is my medicine, but I am shy with my own voice—lacking in self-confidence when it comes to singing.

I sing sweet little melodies that are silly and light, nowhere near the powerful sound of Sara Bareilles or Ella Fitzgerald.

My singing voice only escapes in those places of solitude: under the shower water or while driving in the car. Occasionally, I’ll belt out a playful tune while I am biking along a crowded noisy path, knowing that no one will really hear—testing the waters of my voice.

All-in-all, I find that my voice stays quiet and soft most of the day as I write words. I want to sing more, so I look for reminders.

Yesterday, I found a “Sing with your heart” quote on my tea bag tag, so I began to sing a doo-dee-dah-dah-do tune as I typed. Later, I taped the quote on my mirror—as a key to sing. A few hours later, I sighed while reading the words again, as I had found out that Pete Seeger passed away.

Pete Seeger, the grandfather of folk music, showed us how singing our voices uplifted our world, creating change through songs. Like I said, I love music, but I am a writer, not a singer.

I’ve learned to find my voice through writing and poetry, but I want to be brave enough to sing in front of others. A silly desire, but one that feels necessary.

Why do I need to find my singing voice? Isn’t it good enough to have a quiet writer’s voice?

Nope, I don’t think so.

Songs are the pulse of our soul. As we live in these crazy busy times, we need a way to bring ourselves back to ourselves. We are alive in our singing; we share our joys and our sorrows.

As I think about the grand life of Pete Seeger, I am reminded to truly be present in my singing voice for that is the act of living—our voices resonating in song. Let’s not be shy. Let’s live a long life like Pete, singing and creating change in the world around us: a spark of cheerfulness for all.

So if you see me coming down the road, humming a little tune—just smile and know that I’m in training to be an open-hearted warrior.

Join me in singing this song (there’s a sweet bonus at the end!):

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And my favorite one from Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday concert:

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Editor: Cat Beekmans

Photo Credit: Ahmad Soleh/Pixoto

About Jes Wright

Jes Wright loves being barefoot, practicing yoga, and finding nature in the most urban of urban spaces. As an adventurer, she's enjoyed her uncharted journey, but is happy to have returned home to northern California for now. Jes holds an MA in Individualized Studies (Creative Nonfiction) from Goddard College where she learned the power of Transformative Language Arts. Currently, she’s working on a novel, a poetry chapbook, and being an ever present diplomat for those with Asperger’s. Her writing may be found at Be You Media, on Facebook and Twitter.

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