Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happiness and Singing


"A child who sings is a happy child." This quote is from a talk by Enrique R. Falabella about making our homes "the place that can become a piece of heaven here on earth." One way to make our homes into a piece of heaven is by singing with our children. Of course, he is talking about teaching them songs that teach of Christ, but it also includes non-religious songs. "A child who sings is a happy child." It doesn't matter what you sing, there is so much joy in singing with your heart.

I love singing with El. I'm pretty sure she loves it too. Sometimes I can't tell if she is singing or babbling when she plays by herself. And does it really matter? It makes her happy and it makes me happy. We sing songs about rabbits, flowers, rain, Jesus, cars, rivers, people...pretty much anything there is a song for.

Our speech itself is musical, with all the inflections and pitches we include to give meaning. Words matter more when they have been touched by music.

How many times have you sung in the car as loud as you could? And something was happening in your heart---happiness.

When was the last time you were an opera singer in the shower? Happy happy times!

Why do certain songs have meaning to us? Why do we, as humans, love love songs, use song to celebrate birthdays, mourn loved ones with song, and connect to others with song? Music has some deep resonance in our souls. We are made to be alive with music.

A song about singing that I love goes:

A song is a wonderful kind of thing,
  1. So lift up your voice and sing!
    Just start a glad song, let it float, let it ring,
    And lift up your voice and sing!
We shall make music to brighten the day;
Music will help us to lighten the way.
Lift up your voice! Lift up your voice!
Lift up your voice and sing!

Go out a sing a little bit today! Let your voice float and ring! Remember that a person who sings is a happy person.

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