The Benefits of Song
Bear with me here, this is my stream of thought:
I was reading the newspaper a few days ago(yes, there are still people that read the newspaper) when I saw an article talking about three of the American Idol finalists being from North Carolina. This intrigued me, since I found it odd that of the final 12 from all over the US, 1/4 of them were from my state. I never watch Americal Idol, since I hate reality TV, but it intrigued me. I found out that over the past four years, at least 32(my count of season one is a little inaccurate, as Season 1's site is down, and I had to look from outside sources, and two of the contestants I couldn't fund information on) of the 48 final twelve finalists were from the South.
This seemed very strange, because the South is, population wise, not very big. So why does such a small area have such a high amount of musical talent? The only thing I could think of is that southerners love to sing, we are raised in song. We mostly all go to church, where there is much singing. At family get togethers, we all sing songs with each other. Just for fun, or when we are bored, we like to sing. The South is an area rich in song.
I then thought, what about the other things unique to the South? Like polite manners, and kindness and charity towards others, found in other areas, but not as powerful as here. Could they be related to song? And then it hit me. The South, while it has it share of hardship and trouble, is on the whole a slower paced, happier place, with happier people. I think this is partly because of song.
I think that those that go through life with a song on their lips and in their hearts are more happy and joyful than those without it. I find that singing an old tune always raises my spirits when I am down. So what does everyone else say? Does song have a positive effect on your lives, or not at all? Do you think that coming or not coming from a place full of song has made you a brighter person, and relieved some of the weight of the world from your shoulders?
I love to sing. I'm not sure I can comment on your generalities, because I've never spent significant time in the south enough to respond. By the same token, I'm not sure youre in a place to make those generalities. The stereotype can be different than the reality.
but I find singing with friends to be a wonderful joy. Its been around since ancient times, and is found in every culture worldwide. Theres gotta be something to it.
Then again how many singers reside in los Vegas?
I'm not making a critique on the South, just using that as an example because that was the topic of my train of thought. I am more asking what the effect of singing in general is, Aikido.
If I remember correctly, the South had developed a very romantic mentality early on and it became sort of a culture separate from the industrial lifestyle of the North.
Perhaps it is because of the surviving romantic mentality that song and music were developed to a greater extent than other areas in the US.
ok. Thats fine Jakko, I was simply commenting on the post. I do agree that singing is wonderful, and probably has all sorts of benefits. ^ ^
Pehaps singing is the most "easily availible" form of art -- you need no tools, except the ones, Nature gave you. It can be done anywhere, anytime (Meeting of a Megacorp Directors board is an unpleasant exeption). And everytime you are getting a small piece of transcentent experience (contact with Harmony is nothing to sneeze at)and give way to your feelings -- sometimes suppressed ones. Whole package of benefits!
AFAIK there is no culture without some sort of singing tradition. Hardly just a coincedence!
Welll also singing is a big part of a cultures oral tradtion. For example, I live Louisiana. We have something like 1,000 or more festivals state wide and 90% of those have to do with music and food.
And a week after easter there is the holy three some of music/culutral events... of Jazz Fest, Festival International, and a food one...that i'm not sure about right now...>_>
Anyway I really love Louisiana. It has great festivals...^-^
I can't sing but I sure do love to listen to music.
Throw it my way, I like it.
I agree with Serenity. We have festivals and fairs all the time, and all of them have some good folk and bluegrass songs dominating them. Some make you want to cry, some you want to dance to, and some make you want to fall over with laughter. I can't imagine life without hearing a good folk song every now and then, they really pull at my heartstrings.