So…by now, you should know the “real” me. This is the final entry about me. The last thing you should know is that in addition to reading and writing, I love to sing. Now, before you start asking for my demo, I’m not THAT kind of singer. I sing because it makes me happy. I don’t care who knows! I just like to sing.
Each morning, I wake up with a song in my heart. Sometimes it’s a song I’ve heard recently. Sometimes it’s a song I haven’t heard in ages. Sometimes, it’s even a song I have never heard in my life in which case, I just hum it until it sounds like something I know or another song pops into my head. If a song has a good beat, a decent melody, yep, I’m going to like it, move to it and sing to it (even when I don’t know the words)!
Now, because I like to sing, I demonstrate the love for the ear God gave me by singing in the choir at my church. Now, while I am not Mariah Carey or someone like that, I will say that I can carry a tune. I prefer to sing background though. I like being taught a part and mastering it or listening to a song and hearing the part that I am to sing. I sing the part that I hear or am taught. When in doubt, I just sing an octave above the tenor part!
One time, I had the nerve to volunteer to sing the lead on a song. Encourage Yourself by Donald Lawrence. All because Ms. Rutha asked…”would you like to try it?” Had she said, “Do you want to lead it?”, my answer would have been a resounding NO! That particular day, I had just finished fussing at my students for giving up on something they had never tried. All day I preached try! Try! TRY! It was like God said to me, “Okay, try.” I couldn’t say no right? So, I had to TRY because I’d never done it before. So, scared to death, I lead my first song the 4th Sunday of that October. My mom called my sister and I looked up that Sunday morning and saw her sitting in the congregation. I was completely mortified.
Well, after the service, I had many well wishers saying what a good job I’d done. I laughed inside and thought, “yeah, that’s because the anointing fell and blessed y’all’s ears to not hear the complete and utter mess that I heard!” Anyway, I do alright. I have done a few other ones but I’ve learned NOT to volunteer for it! If I do lead one, it’s because the director has lost his or her mind and somehow said they hear me singing it. Umm…alright. I’ll let that slide.
My most embarrassing moments all involve me singing. Not in church on the microphone as a solo or in the background as a choir member. No. That would be tooooooooo easy! You’d think I might be embarrassed when I can’t sit in a chair because it has arms and my hips are too wide. Or maybe if I have to turn sideways to go through an opening. Nope! Those things don’t get me. I am not ashamed to ask for a chair without arms and turning sideways to go through a door is no different than a tall person ducking to go through a door in my book.
So, what’s this embarrassing moment you ask? Well, because I’m such a music lover and I love to sing, I have a habit of listening to music with ear buds/headphones or whatever on. So…when “my song” (whatever that may be at the time) comes on, I am usually compelled to sing it! Sometimes though, I FORGET where I am or what I should be doing and end up singing. Now, I try to keep it low, going so far as to take one of the ear buds out so that I can monitor my volume. Unfortunately, sometimes I forget to do that and just sing to my heart’s content! I absolutely LOVE the way I feel when I sing. BUT, sometimes other people can not appreciate the special *ahem* blend of tones from my voice. I think it’s just because they can’t hear the music or don’t know the song…(I like some off the wall stuff). So, needless to say, I found myself at work some years ago with my headphones on, listening to a song by Trin-i-tee 5:7 called Lord. It’s to the tune of Love by Musiq Soulchild. Yeah, so….umm…the person in the cubicle next to me had been tapping on the wall for some time trying to tell me that I was too loud because the customer that she was on the phone with could hear me. I missed it. It wasn’t until I received a pop up from an email from that coworker that read. “YOU’RE SINGING TOO LOUD! WHAT SONG IS THAT ANYWAY?” I took off my headphones, just in time for my supervisor to walk around the corner. She asked, “are you training for another career?” Thankfully she was a good sport and burst into laughter. I believe I was the one who started the office policy to allow us to listen to soft music WITHOUT earphones. Now, I’m careful to only listen to my music with one ear plugged or covered. There’s no point in keeping them both because I am GOING to sing!
So, the next time you’re out and about and you see a lady popping her head to a song you can’t hear, don’t laugh. Walk up to her and dance with her. I guarantee she’s pretty darn happy!
Until the next time,