Sing your song!

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Translation : Régine Paradis

As long as we live, there’s never enough singing.” – Martin Luther

Singing is a means of expression that is not benign to consider, because “Singing appeals to man in an immediate way“. – Yehudi Menuhin1 

Indeed, we are easily drawn in by a song, being animated by the effect of its vibration: music and lyrics. When it’s to our taste, it becomes an earworm or, on the contrary, it’s quickly disliked.   

Singing expresses everything about human beings: their joy, their sorrow, their memories, their pain, their resistance, and so on. It is also a solution for resolving hostilities and improving human relations.

Singing2 for at least 5 minutes a day, what’s the need of it?

Chante-la ta chanson; Elle est sûrement jolie; Chante-le qu’elle est belle ta vie. (Sing your song; It’s certainly pretty; Sing that your life is beautiful.) Who doesn’t recognize these lyrics from Jean Lapointe’s song.3 It’s a call to celebrate life. “Everything you do is cause for celebration. We must constantly have this celebration in mind, with humility and power…while also celebrating death.” – Rael4

In addition to celebrating through song, singing, like dancing, has a major impact on one’s health.5. The singing:

  1. Gives the body “good” vibrations that increase vitality;
  2. Secretes biochemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, which help us feel calm and happy;
  3. Improves blood circulation, which has a beneficial effect on vocal vessels, tonsils, and lymph nodes;
  4. Boosts the immune system by increasing immunoglobulin-A and hydrocortisone levels;
  5. Improves blood supply, resulting in increased brain activity and memory;
  6. Rejuvenates body and skin condition through blood supply;
  7. Useful for breathing, contributing to the development of adequate respiration, particularly in lung diseases;
  8. Improves diction and, currently, techniques for treating stuttering through singing are being developed;
  9. Useful for countering impulsive feelings of hunger by singing at least two or three songs.

In short, singing has similar effects to physical exercise.

Singing is the rhythm of life. French singer-songwriter Michel Fugain demonstrates this with his song: Chante la vie comme si tu devais mourir demain (Sing life as if you were to die tomorrow).6 This song illustrates the following: “Live today as if it is the last day of your life.” – Rael7

How many songs speak to us of life. Just think of Jean Ferrat’s C’est beau la vie (Life is beautiful)8. And what about this exhilarating song by Khaled9 C’est la vie (That is life), even if we don’t understand the words, we can hear what it means, since singing is a universal language.

What a beautiful addiction! Yes, the concept of “Positive Addiction” was developed by William Glasser, an American psychiatrist who identified six criteria for a positive addiction10.

  1. Choose a non-competitive activity and devote about an hour a day to it;
  2. The activity is easy to perform and requires little mental effort;
  3. The activity can be carried out alone or with others, but it does not depend on others to be carried out;
  4. The activity corresponds to an important value for oneself that is spiritual, physical, and mental;
  5. The more you do, the better you become. This subjective evaluation is measured only by the person performing it;
  6. The activity is carried out with kindness towards oneself.

Glasser claims that “positive dependence” strengthens us and makes our lives more satisfying and healthier.

Isn’t that what singing is all about? So sing your song! 😊

Rachel Bluteau
Columnist for the Raelian Movement

1 Yehudi Menuhinis a British violinist and conductor of American origin (he was made Baron Menuhin of Stoke d’Aberno in recognition of his musical talents). Reflections on a text by Yehudi Menuhin. (In French only)

2 Singing, humming, etc.

3 Jean Lapointe: singer-songwriter, Quebec actor and Canadian senator

4 Maitreya II p. 87

5 Inspired by a Russian article:…/kak_penie_vliyaet_na_zdorove/. Access via a russian research drive  English translation is needed.

6 Michel Fugain: Chante la vie (Sing Life)  

7 Maitreya II p. 21

8 Jean Ferrat: C’est beau la vie (Life is beautiful)  

9 Khaled: C’est la vie (That’s life)