Walking in the Air

Peggy de Azevedo has organized The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir which is a nondenominational, volunteer choir inviting singers 18 years and older to join.  The first performance will be in The Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah Campus on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30pm.  I joined the choir and it has been so fun to sing a variety of holiday songs with others who love to sing, just as I do.  I guess I am out of the loop but I had never heard about the animated show called, The Snowman.  We will be singing the song from the film called, Walking in the Air.  It is a beautiful song and one that is fun to sing.

walkingMusic and Lyrics by Howard Blake

We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I’m holding very tight
I’m riding in the midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams

Children gaze open mouthed
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We’re surfing in the air
We’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low
On an ocean deep
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep

And walking in the air
We’re dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

We’re walking in the air
We’re walking in the air

Singing really does make me happy.  I remember last year when I lost my voice and couldn’t literally speak for about 3 weeks.  I remember it was around the holidays and I couldn’t sing any of my favorite songs.  The holidays just weren’t the same when I couldn’t sing. Yes singing really does make me happy  So, I did some research about singing.  Part of the article is below and a link to the article is here:  Does singing make you happy?

“In this article, we’ll find out what effect singing has on mood, outlook and general psychological health. We’ll look specifically at choral singing, which is where the most recent and surprising research has been done. Apparently, choral singing, whether with a church, city or private group, really does make people happy.

The physiological effects of singing are fairly well-documented. For those who doubt its power, just look at songbirds: When male songbirds sing to female songbirds, it activates the pleasure center of the male’s brain. In fact, scientists have discovered that the effect of singing on the birds’ brains is similar to the effect of addictive drugs on human brains.

 But there’s a caveat. That effect doesn’t happen when the birds are singing alone.
As it turns out, singing’s effect on humans has a similar caveat.”

Here is another quote about why singing makes one happy:

“Singing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it’s also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer. Plus, people who sing in choral groups might feel a lift from their social connection and working in unison.”

I am so thankful to be in the choir and meet with neighbors who share the same joy that singing brings me.  When I sing, I feel inner peace and absolute glee in my heart.

 

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